La Paz, Bolivia I 2013

450 women and 200 children live in a former convent built in the early nineteenth century on a 1,700 m² plot that was originally intended to accommodate 100 people.

Around 80% of the women are being held in preventive detention, without trial or sentence, and many of them spend years in Obrajes before their legal proceedings even begin.

Women must pay the cost of basic needs such as health, food and hygiene, while also supporting the children that live inside and outside Obrajes, without any kind of income and, in many cases, any family assistance.

For most, vulnerability and social exclusion were the main factors leading to imprisonment and are the main factors in recidivism.

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