Sometimes it's difficult to get right down to the skin of the story. And sometimes, the skin is right there for you to see. According to a video uploaded to the internet, a group of mothers in Spain who were told that their kids will no longer taken to and from school during the day have turned to stripping to raise the funds to restore service.
A new law was introduced during the summer months which cuts funding for the school bus that runs in the Monserrat district of Valencia in eastern Spain. A group of mothers met and posed for an erotic calendar to raise money for the transportation of their children.
The catalyst was a new law published over the summer that removed school bus service from students in the Monserrat district of Valencia in the eastern part of Spain. To raise money to restore the transportation option, a group of mothers posed for a provocative calendar with the money raised going to paying for a new school bus route.
The problem was that under the previous Spanish law, the government only had to provide transportation if students lived more than three miles away from school. However, according to the new law, the distance is now calculated in a straight line and this meant that Monserrat, was no longer eligible for a school bus.
However, as Silvia Lucas, one of the mothers, said: "We have to climb a mountain and down a ravine to get to school. On foot, using the most direct route it is 4.5 km, if you walk in the road it is 6 km."
The cuts were put into effect as a cost-saving measure but it left the mothers of Monserrat without many other options.
Although the campaigners had their tongues firmly in cheek when discussing their money-raising scheme, the humor masks a serious problem that women have stripped to expose. Unemployment rates in their region are very high and many families are struggling to afford the gas money needed to drive their children to school themselves.
After a month on the newsstands, the mothers have reached their goal of $50,000 — which will keep 83 affected students on the bus for at least three more months.