Monday, June 22, 2015

Gangs Force Women to Dye Their Hair

Daily Mail [UK]
22 June 2015

By Jack Crone

Woman in El Salvador are being forced to dye their hair black after rumours spread that redheads or blondes who aren't the girlfriends of gangsters could be killed.

Such women are also said to be banned from wearing red or yellow clothing as violence and fear grip the Central American country. […]

Some of the country's sophisticated criminal gangs have issued a statement denying the hair-color decree but reports from citizens contradict this.

'They also say you can't wear yellow or red clothing,' said Claudia Castellanos, a beautician at an upscale salon.

'Can you believe it? They've already attacked a woman on a bus for wearing yellow.'

Ms Castellanos says many women have come to her salon recently seeking to color their hair dark.

'You don't wait for clarifications,' said Maria Jose Estrada, a former blonde who lives on the outskirts of San Salvador. 'These people are crazy and they will kill you.' […]