Colombian women go on 'sex strike' over road repairs

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Colombian women go on 'sex strike' over road repairs

In one of the more unusual protests seen over road works, ladies in the small Columbian town of Barbacaos are staging their second sex strike in two years, in a bid to get the roads to their remote settlement resurfaced.

​It has been dubbed the 'crossed legs movement' and has seen women in the town denying sex to their other halves until the road that connects the town to the rest of the country is repaired.

Bizarrely enough it seems to be having an effect, with road workers already having resumed construction on the dangerous single track road, which has fallen into such a state of disrepair that it takes locals up to 14 hours to reach the nearest hospital.

"Colombians like to say you go to the end of the Earth and take a left - that's where this place is located," said local reporter John Otis to PRI.

The 'crossed legs movement' was born out of this crisis, as a number of pregnant women have died due to complications in labour in the back of vehicles as they try desperately to get medical assistance.

The protest was first held in 2011, resulting in promises of road repairs that never materialised.

This time around the women of Barbacaos seem to be getting the results they want, with the army having brought in bulldozers to commence repair works.

"Why bring children into this world when they can just die without medical attention and we can't even offer them the most basic rights? We decided to stop having sex and stop having children until the state fulfils its previous promises," said ringleader Ruby Quinonez at the time of the first strike.