Authorities in El Salvador have ordered the closure of brothels in an historic district of the capital San Salvador, to protect young children.
The brothels stand within yards of schools in the San Esteban district where children daily witness soliciting in the streets.
Their enforced closure has left brothel owners angry and led to death threats issued against staff from the nearby schools.
Prostitution is often referred to as the oldest profession in the world.
The proximity of brothels to schools in the San Esteban district of the city has prompted a clean up campaign and the scheduled enforced closure of 17 brothels and bars this Thursday.
The Francisco Campos and Union Centromamericana schools lies in the heart of this red light district.
Bars such as the Cross of Love, Midnight Bar and New York Lights stand within 200 yards of the school gates.
" The location is not good because the brothels are in front of the schools. The students can see all and I think it is wrong."
SUPER CAPTION: Lupita, Student
" If the Mayoralty close them (brothels) will be advantageous, because if children see this, they will get used to, and it shouldn't be like that. I think it will be appropriate to close them (brothels)."
SUPER CAPTION: Teresa Lianez
National Civil Police has been brought in to carry out the shutdown.
The brothels were originally licensed as cafes but soon turned to prostitution and selling of alcohol.
But now the authorities certainly complaint that they are not fit for the eyes of the young.
" The municipal council has already taken the decision of suspending this businesses. Specifically there are 15 business, two bars and thirteen brothels. We are going to give them the notification today and five days later it will be effective."
SUPER CAPTION: Armando Echeverria, Assistant Director Metropolitan Police
The owners argue their businesses generate work and livelihoods.
" All these people that will stay out of business, how are they going to support themselves and their children? And all the compromises that they have?."
SUPER CAPTION: Carmelina, Brothel owner
Their anger has allegedly led to death threats against members of staff from the nearby schools.
The owners deny any involvement in threats but teachers are reluctant to talk for fear of reprisals.
The closures are part of a broader clean up campaign in the city called the Peace for Citizens (Plan Tranquilidad Ciudadana).
The plan will come into force over the next two years.
And hopes are, it will be a moral safeguard for the 15-thousand schoolchildren who travel daily into this redlight district.