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December 29, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(18):1776. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350056025

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Repression of Prostitution.  —In Colombia, except in Bogotá, prostitution has been tolerated under regulation. Prostitution was suppressed in Bogotá in 1949, when municipal law No. 95 was enforced. It was recently stated that suppression of prostitution in Bogotá has resulted in an increase in sexual delinquency. The Society of Cultural Improvement and Social Work requested the opinion of the members of the National Academy of Medicine, and for several weeks a scientific committee discussed the subject. The conclusions of the committee were approved by the members of the academy, and were then given, in answer, to the Society of Social Work by Drs. Jorge Bejarano and Jorge E. Cavelier who represented the academy. The following conclusions were reached.1. The National Academy of Medicine considers the municipal law repressing prostitution in Bogotá worthy of respect and of approval. 2. The members of the academy discussed the economic, social, and moral

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