Whistles Distributed in Mexico City's Metro in Hopes of Curbing Sexual Harassment
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July 6, 2016
Mexican authorities give away free whistles in the capital's tube stations in an effort to prevent sexual harassment and rape. (AFP News Agency)
The Mexico City government on Tuesday began distributing at local metro stations whistles aimed at halting the harassment of women on public transportation.
The first batch of 15,000 whistles for the pilot program are being distributed at six metro stations.
The high demand has exceeded the expectations on the first day of the program, when authorities had expected to distribute 150 whistles per station.
However, one of the officials in charge of the project at the Balderas station said that shortly after midday a total of 504 whistles had been passed out.
In the station, located on heavily traveled Line 1, passengers of all ages since Tuesday morning have been forming lines to get whistles, although they first must show official identification and fill out a personal data form.
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