Jailhouse Rock: Venezuelan prisoners open nightclub in prison with strippers, music show
The party was visited by friends and families of the detainees,
who publicized it through messages on social media, local El
Universel newspaper reported.
The stunning situation was possible as criminals often use
bribery and intimidation to take virtual control over the jails in
the country, according to AFP.
The so-called "Yacht Club" at a prison on Margarita Island in
the Caribbean has "professional sound, spectacular lights, air
conditioning, strippers, bad girls and all the toys," the prisoners
wrote in an invitation to their opening night.
In the same prison, there is a cockfighting arena and a billiard
room, according to New York Times. The inmates reportedly openly
take marijuana and drink alcohol, while some of them stroll the
territory of the facility with machine guns.
The Ministry of Corrections, the organ responsible for the
country’s prisons, hasn’t issued any official comments yet.
Venezuela is notorious for having one of the highest crime rates in the world, with violence in jails leaving 600 inmates dead in 2012.