Vigilantes stormed a nightclub in western Peru, whipped prostitutes into the street and forced male employess to do press-ups in a farcical attempt to combat the region’s sex industry.
A video of the disturbance, taken in Cajamarca nightclub Alondra (‘Skylark’), shows the masked self-appointed moral guardians chase dozens of scantily-clad women from the club, whipping and shoving them.
It was shot by the Decentralised Committee of Urban Rounds of Cajamarca, a local vigilante group, and distributed to local media.
Strange punishment: The gang of vigilantes force the male employees to do press-ups, hitting them as they do
Some 50 women, many of them crying, were seen fleeing the building as the vigilantes lashed them with whips. They were then forced, barefoot and half-naked, to stand against the wall in a line and berated by their attackers.
The video also showed the group members fighting with men who emerged from the club and forcing club employees to do push ups. According to local media, the group said that it conducts these kinds of operations to eradicate prostitution and crime.
El Comercio reported that the group stormed the nightclub after receiving a tip-off that several thieves were hiding there.
Vigilante group attacks nightclub, whips female employees in Peru
The scantily-clad women, some of them desperately trying to cover themselves, flee their attackers
The group’s spokesman, Fernando Chuquilín, justified their actions as an effort to eradicate prostitution and crime.
Prostitution is legal for women over 18 years of age in Peru if they register with municipal authorities and carry a health certificate.
Brothels must be licensed, but the vast majority of prostitutes work outside of official regulation. Many police officers tolerate the operation of unlicensed brothels.