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In El Salvador, 'Girls Are a Problem'

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — I don’t want to go back to El Salvador. I felt afraid as a woman there more than in any other country in Latin America. I realized I had entered hostile territory while chatting with the taxi driver who picked me up at the airport, the first Salvadoran man I met. He told me he had a baby, a little darling called JJ, and showed me a photo.

When I asked him if he’d like more children, he said yes, but only boys.

“You know you can’t choose,” I said.

“I know, but I don’t want a

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