Market violence threatens Haiti’s agricultural chain as well as women

Croix des Bossales market, the largest in Haiti, comes alive before dawn in Port-au-Prince.

Croix des Bossales market, the largest in Haiti, comes alive before dawn in Port-au-Prince.

Men armed with guns, knives and sticks extorted money from madam saras working at Croix-des-Bosales, the largest street market in Haiti, AlterPresse reported Friday.

That according to market women happens almost every day, usually in the wee hours when they’ve arrived with their wares and are trying to rest, sleeping on their sacks until the market starts at dawn.

“They took my phone, then my suitcase, and punched me because they didn’t find anything,” a woman told AlterPresse.

Truck drivers are being extorted, too, and charging the madam saras more money to transport their goods.

Women also reported being victims of sexual violence in view of onlookers who don’t come to their aid. The lack of public safety at markets, where produce from farms across Haiti is sold, has implications for the entire chain of agricultural production, according to the report.

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