. Women Fleeing Venezuela Are Targeted With Sexual Assault As They Cross Into Colombia « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/At a shelter for Venezuelan migrants in the Colombian border town of Villa del Rosario, Alondra Castillo pulls back her blouse to reveal black-and-blue welts on her arms and shoulders.

Castillo, 23, explains that she and about 80 other Venezuelans were crossing into Colombia last month on a clandestine trail controlled by drug smugglers. But it was night, and she and her 2-year-old son became separated from the group.

While she and her child stumbled around in the dark, five men surrounded them. Then, Castillo says, they raped her.

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