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Ban on street vendors aims to halt crime wave

Julio César Fuentes, a 38-year-old with a third-grade education, has a lucrative career on Mexico City’s traffic-jammed streets, leaping at cars and squirting soap-foamed water to wash windshields. But Fuentes, who earns the equivalent of $20 a day, may have to find a new occupation. Since Aug. 1, when a new ”civic culture law” went into effect, window washers, car parkers, street vendors, clowns, fire-eaters and even children selling candy or flowers — all part of Mexico City life for decades — are subject to fines and jail time. Full Story

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