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Deadly Confessions: Peruvian Teen Killed After Reality TV Revelations

CLARIN (Argentina), PERU 21 (Peru)

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A Peruvian man is behind bars for allegedly raping and strangling to death his teenage girlfriend, a reality TV participant whose on-air confessions police say led to her murder.

The victim, 18-year-old Ruth Thalía Sayas Sánchez, earned 15,000 Peruvian soles (about $5,800) for her recent appearance on El Valor de la Verdad (the Value of Truth), a Peruvian reality TV show that asks participants to share intimate secrets about themselves.

During the show’s pilot expand=1] episode, the young woman told host Beto Ortiz that she didn’t really work in a call center, as she’d led friends and family to belive, but as an exotic dancer. She also confesed she’d received money for sex, and said that she was embarrased about her Andean roots, Argentina’s Clarin reported.

Just over two months after the show aired, Sayas Sánchez went missing. Ten days later, police located her lifeless body in a makeshift grave on the outskirts of Lima. Authorities say the victim’s 20-year-old ex-boyfriend, Bryan Barony Romero Leiva, confessed to the crime, admitting he drugged, raped and then strangled the young woman.

Sayas Sánchez’s mother, Vilma Sánchez, confronted Romero Leiva several days before the murder was confirmed. “I went to his house and got down on my knees. I asked him to tell me if he know where she was. He told me he had no idea. I hope they lock him up,” she told the Peruvian daily Perú 21.

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How Argentina Is Changing Tactics To Combat Gender Violence

Argentina has tweaked its protocols for responding to sexual and domestic violence. It hopes to encourage victims to report crimes and reveal information vital to a prosecution.

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BUENOS AIRES - In the first three months of 2023, Argentina counted 116 killings of women, transvestites and trans-people, according to a local NGO, Observatorio MuMaLá. They reveal a pattern in these killings, repeated every year: most femicides happen at home, and 70% of victims were protected in principle by a restraining order on the aggressor.

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Now, legal action against gender violence, which must begin with a formal complaint to the police, has a crucial tool — the Protocol for the Investigation and Litigation of Cases of Sexual Violence (Protocolo de investigación y litigio de casos de violencia sexual). The protocol was recommended by the acting head of the state prosecution service, Eduardo Casal, and laid out by the agency's Specialized Prosecution Unit for Violence Against Women (UFEM).

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