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A health-department raid on “hooker bars” in TJ’s Zona Norte and in eastern Tijuana pulled some 230 sex workers out of circulation early on March 30.

The surprise raids occurred en masse at around 1:30 a.m. as health authorities swooped down on the popular bastions of ribaldry and began checking women to see if they were carrying the required health-inspection card, and if the card they possessed was current.

Of the collected courtesans, 140 had not been officially inspected and lacked the requisite seal of approval. Two had non-current cards. Some 100 hundred others were arrested on other non-specific violations.

In addition to the mass arrests, five nightclubs were closed until further notice: Valentina’s, Hong Kong, Chavela’s, and Adelita’s. They received the fluorescent orange “Clauserado” seal across their doors.

In eastern TJ, Siete de Copas was shut down and Titanic was sanctioned. Some of the bars were shut down for serving minors or for keeping illegal hours.

By Tuesday afternoon, the building where women go to receive health inspections in order to legally work as sexoservidoras was busy with women trying to update their health cards. Employees of the shut-down bars and nightclubs hovered around sidewalks outside, hoping for a rapid reopening of the establishments to be granted by city hall.

Source: Frontera

Photo: El Sol de Tijuana

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David Dodd April 2, 2010 @ 1:52 a.m.

Can't speak for the other bars, but Siete de Copas was only closed for one day, Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, it was business as usual. Well, except that the term "closing time" might not be as nebulous as it was before they paid the fine.


JohnEdwardRangel April 10, 2010 @ 8:11 a.m.

La Siete de Copas, Chavelas, Hong Kong, and the Titanic are all owned by the same person (I'm not sure about Adelita's or Valentina's). The owner was sending his girls to a doctor who didn't work out of the official health bulding that operates in the cahuila. This doctor was certifying the girls health cards at a slightly reduced rate (I was told 100 pesos) than what they are usually charged at the health clinic. This is where the bulk of the infractions occurred. The girls were mistakenly led to believe that the cards they had were valid.

David Dodd April 10, 2010 @ 11:21 a.m.

I heard Siete de Copas got popped for staying open too late, but that could have been incorrect or rumor. I certainly wasn't there first hand. The only reason I know it was closed is that it's less than two blocks from where I live and I pass it whenever I go shopping at Calimax Fiesta. There is always a lot of noise coming out of that place in the afternoons so there was a noteable difference.


JohnEdwardRangel April 17, 2010 @ 9:08 a.m.

The siete was closed twice. The first time was for the curfew violations. This was a national response to the shooting of the soccer player in Mexico City. The second time was a health code check which revealed the false health cards. From what I understand this doctor would set himself up in a room in the hotel behind el siete. He'd then see girls two and three at a time.

David Dodd April 17, 2010 @ 10:49 a.m.

I don't doubt it, John. It's funny to think back on when I first moved here, that bar was nothing more than a shack, called then, "Los Dos Sietes." Then they expanded its size, changed the name, and built that large motel in back of it. There were always girls in there, but now it's ridiculous. I have nothing against the World's oldest profession, but it seems to have become an industry these day!


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