Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coitus Interruptus (Con't)

Continuing with our ongoing coverage of the ongoing coverage of El Scandalo de Swingers, Plaza de Armas - alone amongst the four daily papers here in bird-dogging this story - brings us three new pieces today. We'll wait while you catch your breath.

It appears that, despite a midnight raid by armed Municipal Police officers that turned up absolutely nothing illegal, the municipality is still trying to find some way to punish los swingers for having non-Jesus-approved sexytime.  The new approach seems to be leveling a fine for running an unauthorized business, since there was a whopping 260-peso ($20) charge per couple, to cover drinks and snacks, and presumably having the carpet steam-cleaned.  According to the city's Secretary for Sustainable Development (!), Gilberto Rodriguez Martinez, los swingers, "engaged in commerce without the corresponding permits," which is a punishable offense.

(We will pause here to consider the number of commercial transactions we engage in on a daily basis here which are carried out "without the corresponding permits" Googling "Mexico's informal economy" delivers 1.8 million hits.  Of course, we assume Secretary Rodriguez plan to apply the law equally, to all informal businesses in Corregidora, and hereby offer him our guest bedroom when the hard working people of Corregidora have him tarred and feathered and run out of town barefoot. We continue.)

(Actually, also: They were charging ten bucks a head for chips and Chardonnay, fucknuts! Sorry.  Now we continue.)

The article contains a few additional pieces of information about the raid (though not, amazingly, how many people were actually involved.  We suspect the number is in the single digits).  Perhaps the greatest tidbit was that this was an undercover operation, with male and female inspectors posing as couples to gain admission.  It's not clear how many people they had sexytime with before calling for backup.  Also, they claim to have acted on "complaints and reports from neighbors that clandestine parties were being held on the weekends and admission was being charged."  In other words, "a week of screaming headlines on the swinger menace had nothing to do with it, and when all the neighbors say they never saw or heard anything, they're lying because they were all complaining about the exact bureaucratic infraction we're trying to pin on these deviants."

And then, because they're horrible, horrible douchebags, Plaza de Armas published the address of the raided home and ran a half-page photograph of it.

Another piece (which is not online for some reason) features an interview with the head of a feminist group here who points out that no one seems to have a problem with prostitution and child labor around here, but los swingers are held up to public ridicule ("escarnio publico" - our new favorite word).  Actually, we're beginning to understand why this piece might not be online.

Finally, PdeA runs a banner headline saying "Human Rights Commision (says): Swingers' Rights Violated. [see p.3]"


Turning to page 3, we find an article that says the Human Rights Commission has received no complaints from los swingers, and therefore cannot initiate an investigation.  This would seem to us to be exactly the opposite of the above headline.  And, if we understand the law correctly, the CEDH doesn't actually need a complaint from the aggrieved party to initiate an investigation.  If we were them, one place we'd be looking would be at the for-profit, politically-connected media company that drummed up this whole "scandal," precipitated a bogus raid, and then printed people's home addresses for good measure.

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