Dominican Inmates Demand Sex Rights
By The Associated Press
Dominican Republic (AP) -- Demanding their right to have sexual relations
with their partners, 70 women inmates created an uproar at a prison in the northern Dominican
The women launched
a noisy protest Sunday, beating objects against the rails of their overcrowded
``We want sex,
that's our main demand, and we're going to fight for it because we are
just as men are,'' Janet Altagracia Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the protesters, said in a telephone
call Monday from Rafey Prison in Santiago.
in the Dominican Republic are allowed to have sex with their partners,
authorities had rejected the women's demand, saying it would turn the prison into a maternity home.
``Don't they know there are ways to prevent pregnancy?'' she asked.
There was no comment from Dominican officials on Monday.
Commission for Human Rights, however, listened to their grievance and promised
present their petition to prison authorities.
``The law permits
inmates, without sexual distinction, to have sexual relations with their
commission president Porfirio Rojas Nina said.