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By James C. McKinley Jr. | The New York Times

Like many prostitutes who ply their trade in the darkened bars and discos near Havana’s tourist hotels, Maria says she does not go out every night. But whenever money gets tight and her 12-year-old son is hungry, she puts on a red miniskirt, puts rouge on her lips and heads for El Conejito bar, a thinly disguised rendezvous point.

“Most of the tourists come to look for girls, tobacco, you know, the things they cannot get in their country,” she said. “They say the Cuban girls are very hot.”

Maria, who is 36 and insisted that her last name not be published, said she worried about contracting AIDS and forced her clients to use condoms, every time. She is knowledgeable about the disease, having learned about it through the government’s anti-AIDS program, and she was tested twice during a stint in jail last year for prostitution. Since then, she said, she voluntarily gets tested regularly at the free health clinics.

A decade after an economic collapse forced thousands of young women and men into prostitution, Cuba has become something of an anomaly in Latin America: a destination for sex tourists where AIDS has yet to become an uncontrollable pandemic.

Cuba has the lowest infection rate in the Western Hemisphere, less than 0.1 percent of the population, according to the World Health Organization. The infection rate in the United States is six times that in Cuba, and Cuba’s rate is far below that in many neighboring countries in the Caribbean and Central America.

That is not to say the disease is not spreading in Cuba, and some outside the government say a thriving sex industry has contributed to its spread. On July 3, 1998, the Cuban government said 1,980 people had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS since 1986. Since 1998, 3,879 more have been discovered to have the virus, according to statistics released by health officials; in just six years, the number of newer cases has nearly doubled.

Cuban health officials acknowledge that the number of infections has increased, as in most countries, but they say the overall rate is very low for a population of 11 million.

“Prostitution is not an aggravating problem in the epidemic,” said Dr. Rigoberto Lopez, the director of the National Center for the Care of Persons with HIV-AIDS, saying that only a few of the 280 patients he cares for at the main sanitarium for AIDS patients in Havana, known as Los Cocos, are former sex workers.

For more than a decade, the government has run an intense public-education campaign in schools and on state-owned television and radio stations, promoting the use of condoms and informing people about how HIV is transmitted. The system of free primary care clinics in Cuba has also led to the early detection of the virus in many people, Cuban and U.N. officials say.

In the early 1990s, Cuba quarantined people with the virus, and those discovered to be infected are still required to stay three to six months in one of Cuba’s 13 government AIDS sanitariums, where they receive treatment and counseling on how to survive with the virus and how to avoid passing it along. Once they leave the hospitals, the patients are closely monitored in their homes by social workers, officials say. U.N. officials who track AIDS say Cuba has done a better job than most countries at corralling the disease.

The low levels of the virus in Cuba and the inexpensive price of sex compared with other places have made the island a destination for male tourists seeking women.

In Havana, the sex trade becomes obvious after sunset. Around 10 p.m., young women in skimpy attire begin gathering outside the main tourist hotels, asking men if they would like to go to nightclubs, where a sex-for-cash proposition is usually made.

Sex workers seeking tourist clients can also be seen outside certain discos and bars, or hitchhiking along the Malecon, the main highway separating Havana from the sea, to proposition tourists.

In interviews, several said the brutal economic conditions in Cuba under the U.S. embargo, where monthly state salaries do not buy enough food for a month, had pushed them into the business.

Most work for themselves, and on most days, they say, they can count on $50 to $75 from Europeans, plus meals, drinks and gifts.

The government periodically cracks down on prostitution, they said. Undercover police officers work the streets and clubs, looking for prostitutes. An arrest can mean a two-year prison term. But some women said they kept relationships with pimps to pay off the police.

For the most part, the women who work as prostitutes say they are looking to link up with someone who can take them out of Cuba, or provide them with a steady income. Many are part-time prostitutes, who go out only when their meager state salaries run out.

Hermita, 28, a secretary at a school who earns about $8 a month, was trolling for tourists near the Hotel Inglaterra in Old Havana on a recent evening. She has a 2-year-old daughter from a marriage that did not last, and she said she needed money for food, clothing and shoes.

“When I am with a foreigner, I try to be with them for the whole time they are here,” she explained. “Above all it’s about the money.” Ideally, however, she would “meet a foreigner, marry him and be able to travel, without having to leave the country forever.”

Outside Jardinas 1830, an outdoor disco on the Malecon also known as a place to pick up prostitutes, Maria A. and her sister, Yamilet, two young women from Camaguey province, were showing off their legs and midriffs to tourists who approached the club, hoping someone would invite them in for a drink or take them to a rooming house for the night.

Maria A., 23, said she gave up working as a hairdresser and started sleeping with tourists two years ago. She said she came close to striking it rich when an older Italian tourist had agreed to pay for an apartment for her. But they quarreled on a subsequent visit, she said, and now she is on the hunt again. In the meantime, she collects $40 to $70 a night from any tourist she can lure to a rooming house with which she has a mutually beneficial arrangement.

“Nobody does this because they like it,” she said, drawing on a cigarette. “I would marry someone to get out.”

  1. Follow up post #1 added on December 29, 2004 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    And? I can go to Biscayne Blvd. here in Miami at any hour of the day and pick up a whore,so what’ the excuse for the prostitutes here in the states?

    Not to mention pick up the phone and call a so called escort service, which in reality are nothing but high priced whores.

    This story has no merit or makes any sense,the only thing it does is hurt the reputation of Cuba and every Cuban on the island as being nothing but a low life country filled with losers,which in fact isnt the case!

    Worthless piece of writing!


  2. Follow up post #2 added on December 29, 2004 by Dana Garrett with 252 total posts

    YoungCuban, you are right.  The last time I was in South Beach, I was frequently hit up by prostitutes.  Even when I told them that was w/ my then girlfriend (which was true), they simply suggested that we do it on the beach.

    There are prostitutes in every nation in the world, but I’ve seen no real documentary evidence proving that it is a major problem in Cuba.  In fact, I’ve seen evidence showing how the USA had deliberately exaggerated the problem in Cuba. 

    I’ll look for the evidence and try to post it here. 


  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 29, 2004 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    Men can go to China where they can have sex encounters with 12 year old girls,but yet the US wouldnt dare mention that?

    I wonder why?

    I’m figuring it must have something to do with the US bully acts,the US will only talk bad about nations they know they out gun and out power,not China though,they dont have the cojones to mess with China!


  4. Follow up post #4 added on December 29, 2004 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    I think the worth of this article is to report that while there is prostitution in Cuba there is a very low rate of HIV infection, compared with neighbouring countries. The reasons for this are alluded to in the article, including the quarantining of those infected (just imagine the outcry if a western government had tried this!). Only Cubans who promise to “behave” are allowed to return to their homes. However, one major reason missed out in article as to why the level of HIV infection has been so low in Cuba is the inability of most Cubans to travel abroad without permission of their government.

    P.S. YoungCuban: Do you have any evidence of American men going to China to sleep with 12 year old girls?


  5. Follow up post #5 added on December 30, 2004 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    As a matter of fact I know a few disgusting men who have gone to China for sex encounters with young girls!

    I don’t speak out of my ass,I say things because I know them to be facts,not fiction!

    Also,if you recall many years ago on 20/20 they had done such a report on sex in China,prosititues etc.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on January 02, 2005 by gmccrank with 2 total posts

    Prostitution is a fact in every country of the world, Cuba is no exception. Economic neccesity is the primary reason and when a person has limited possibilities selling sex becomes an option. Prostitution (and pimping) are illegal in Cuba and although it continues to exist, through bribery of police and keeping it hidden, women and pimps are prosecuted and jailed.
    In all of the tourist areas prostitution is very much in evidence and although one hears of child sex tourism in other parts of the world I have never seen evidence of this in Cuba. This is not to say that it doesn’t exist, just that it is unusual.
    Children are cared for deeply and protected here and sex with a minor carries severe penalties - there is at least one Canadian, an employee of Sheritt, the Canadian mining and oil extraction company, presently jailed in Cuba after having been convicted.
    Cubans tend to take a very practical view of prostitution, it isn’t generally condemned on a moral basis and prostitutes aren’t reviled by society but as stated by the women quoted in the article it wouldn’t be their first choice. My view is that the immorality of prostitution lies on the side of the “john” who exploits the economic weakness of another.
    During my first year living there I was solicited by a woman at a restaurant. She was with two others and three of their children were outside. I asked how much it would cost and gave that amount to the woman (no sex) and had her bring the children in and bought them food. We then all engaged in a passionate discussion of the social inequalities that may force a woman into prostitution and the need for change. Not the sort of thing one would expect to happen in most places.
    Cuba isn’t overrun by hookers and certainly not by low-lifes. In fact it is a country engaged in a unique social experiment which may or may not be succesful, but the people are in general well informed and very open to discussing social issues.
    I just came across this web site this morning and I think it’ great. I have been a temporary resident in Cuba since 1999 and am married to a Cuban. I look forward to more info and news and discussion.

     

     

     

     


  7. Follow up post #7 added on January 03, 2005 by waldo with 264 total posts

    Derechos humanos
    SEGUN LA UNICEF
    CINCO MIL NIÑAS TRABAJAN COMO PROSTITUTAS EN ECUADOR
    (Fecha publicaciûn:28/12/2004)
    Informaciûn Adicional
    Tema: Derechos de la niñez
    País/es: Ecuador


    Cinco mil niñas trabajan como prostitutas en diferentes sitios del Ecuador, lo cual evidencia la ausencia de planes de desarrollo con la niñez, denunciû Paul Martín, representante de la UNICEF.

    Martín resaltû la crítica situaciûn de la niñez ecuatoriana y la debilidad de las instituciones en enfrentar tales problemas en declaraciones a medios de prensa nacionales.

    Puntualizû que algunos organismos realizan esfuerzos, como el Observatorio de la Política Fiscal, pero hace falta concentrar mayores voluntades a favor de la niñez.

    ¿Cûmo puede ser que exista un alto índice de mortalidad tan alto y no se haga nada?, se preguntû el funcionario del Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF).

    En su opiniûn, para cambiar al país en todos los ámbitos, inclusive la democracia, se requiere mejorar los niveles de educaciûn y lograr ciertas metas con organismos internacionales en ese aspecto.

    Estadísticas de esa organizaciûn internacional revelan que cerca del 70% de los 4,8 millones de niños y niñas del Ecuador, de una poblaciûn total de 12,2 millones de habitantes, viven en la pobreza.

    Unos 430.000 niños y niñas de 5 a 17 años trabajan en Ecuador y la desnutriciûn afecta a 15% de los pequeños menores de 5 años, refleja la fuente.

    De acuerdo con la UNICEF, los niños y las niñas tienen generalmente acceso igualitario a la educaciûn, pero no cuando se trata de indígenas y afroecuatorianos.

    El 90% de estos viven en la pobreza y solamente 39% ha terminado la escuela primaria en comparaciûn con el 76% de los infantes de otros grupos.

    Otros datos de esta organizaciûn muestran que alrededor del 50% de las muertes infantiles que ocurren en la actualidad se pueden evitar y que hay una tasa más elevada de mortalidad para los menores indígenas y afroecuatorianos.

    La mortalidad derivada de la maternidad sigue siendo elevada en las zonas indígenas, donde solamente el 20% de los nacimientos se lleva a cabo en centros de salud pública, señala la UNICEF.

    Además, siete de cada diez menores de un año de edad y el 60% de las mujeres embarazadas padecen anemia.

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  8. Follow up post #8 added on November 08, 2005 by qwerty with 2 total posts

    Dude, you are probably thinking of Thailand, not china.

    China has some of the strictest child protection laws in the world.  While prostitution does exist, if you employed an underage girl, they’d probably shoot you on the spot or at least arrange for you to have a trial…  where you WOULD be found guilty and then shoot you that same day.  They’ve kinda got an express lane for people who commit crimes like that.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on October 01, 2007 by keith ward

    I read that a lot of these poor women only go out on the streets when their salarys run out. Best to get there at the end of the month then.

    keith


  10. Follow up post #10 added on October 02, 2007 by Natedawg

    Miami and Tampa have some of the highest rates of AIDS in the country, certainly in Florida.  Casual sex with strangers, it’s Russian roulette with almost all bullets in the chamber.

    Nationally 10% of AIDS cases are known to be in Florida, and almost 1/3 of that number is in the Hispanic population of South Florida area alone.  Although African-Americans are bearing the brunt of the AIDS epidemic here and account for about 50% of the cases in Florida and S. Florida.


  11. Follow up post #11 added on July 03, 2008 by Andrew

    I recently returned from a week in Havana and have been moved by the reality there. A proud people that has defied the US since the Revolution, is led to compromise its capacity to consent freely to sex because of the economic reality that the US embargo has caused. Although it hasn’t subdued Cuba, it has managed to create hordes of jineteros/as , most visibly along the Malecon. My brother and I were propositioned on several occasions each night but we’d invite them for drinks and a chat though make it clear that we’re not looking for sex—we wanted them to feel that we at least didn’t consider them a commodity to satisfy our sexual needs. I left Cuba numb with the realisation that this isn’t on—why prostitute yourself when a relative standard of living has been achieved? Clearly, Cuba - a state rich in natural resources, potential etc. - has been stifled by the World Order that the US so fervently has been promoting. A World Order - neo-liberal democracy/economics which is at odds with the inspired and enlightened socialist agenda that the regime in Cuba has been so passionately pursuing since the Revolution to the benefit of the greater number in that society. Healthcare, universal education, eradication of illiteracy, low levels of birth mortality, low levels of AIDS/HIV infections per population and so on, are testament to the socialist agenda—we can only imagine how more progressive and felicitous a society the Cuban one were to be but for the morally repugnant US embargo - the US, incidentally, uses its influence in fora such as UN, WTO, IMF and so on to further undermine Cuba’s economy by blocking trade and by discouraging its ‘allies’ (that is to say, its economically weaker trading and diplomatic partners) to further cripple the economy of Cuba in order to effect regime change. I, for one, left with a strong sense of the unfairness of it all, almost radicalised - for I found it too unconscionable. And I vow to do something about it - join the Cuban Solidarity Campaign, volunteer, anything to defend the Revolution.


  12. Follow up post #12 added on July 03, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Last Oct when I was staying just outside of Havana, I decided to play a number game by keeping track of how many approach me to sell cigars vs approaches for female “companionship”.  The ladies won by almost 3-1.
    My favorite one was, when after supper I was just walking a bit out front from our hotel, and a lady approaches me:
    Her:  Where are you going my friend?
    me:  Just for a walk
    Her:  Would you like me to walk with you.
    Notice many of those that approach you are still teenagers, with a few that even look under 18 (I could be wrong on that, hard to tell sometimes).
    Discussing the matter with a Cuban friend of mine seems to confirm a feeling i had .  One thing has changed big time.  Under Battista, women had to ply the trade to get enough to eat; nowadays, it seems to be to get the currency to afford the luxury items (some apparently just for social contact with westerners).
    Since I choose not to make a social statement however based on the prostitutes that ply the streets of Toronto etc; I also choose not to do so when I see same in Cuba.


  13. Follow up post #13 added on July 03, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Hi Varsi. How are you? I see you changed your name to Andrew. Nice touch.

    Can we cut the pro-Castro bullshit please?

    Fidel is the cause of the jinerteras and jineteros, not the US Embargo.

    Do you really believe it’s all the US’s fault and that Castro has nothing to do with the state of the quality of life in Cuba?

    I am going to start banning people who pretend they are just supporting Cuba when they actually live in Cuba and work for the Cuban government.



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  14. Follow up post #14 added on July 03, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Publisher - dont think either the embargo nor Castro are responsible for the jineteros/as - after all you have them everywhere in the world.

    Do acccept though that Castro and his economic system are responsible (or at least a strong contributing factor) for many of the prostitutes who appear to be looking for extra pocket money to afford western luxury goods (which they could afford with “real” work if the economic system were different.)  However I think that they then would be replaced by prostitutes who are doing it to feed a drug habit or want to make it rich quick (like in our society)
    Just my 2 centavos worth.


  15. Follow up post #15 added on July 03, 2008 by Varsi Padayachee

    Mr/. Publisher You are an embarrassment to the term PUBLISHER. I am proud of my name Varsi, and would not change it just to get under your thin skin.not Andrew. Not only are you narrrow minded. You are absolutely pathetic. It is sad that you use this forum to denigrate anyone with whom you disagree. So for the sake of decency, please get your facts right, and not attribute any comments to me, just because you cannot hold a decent, intelligent conversation with me.  Please dont embarrass yourself any further with your infantile comments!


  16. Follow up post #16 added on July 03, 2008 by Varsi Padayachee

    Oh! Your ban would be like a badge of honor. And just for your small, and simple mind, I dont live in Cuba, but rather in Washington DC.


  17. Follow up post #17 added on July 03, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Are you registered as a Cuban agent grin



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  18. Follow up post #18 added on July 05, 2008 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    I feel that everybody is entitled to their own opinions.
    However I do remember many people from South Africa, Congo, Namibia and other African brother countries that went to Cuba to study there (free) and after few months they completely changed their opinions of Fidel Castro.
    They went seeing Castro as a hero and left completely disillusioned with the Cuban reality.
    There is nothing like sensing the reality by yourself.


  19. Follow up post #19 added on July 06, 2008 by Blue Water Man

    Since this seems like a lively discussion, guess I’ll join in.  My first experience with women of the night was as a 16 year old in the Zona Roja in Ensenada, Mexico.  At a time when good girls in the stats didn’t do it, I was in heaven.  The fire in my britches was quenched ....repeatedly, night after blissful night.  And for not much dinero.  I became a fan of Mexico travel at a young age.

    With maturity, and a slacking of puritan morals in the states, my trips to Mexico became less frequent.  But I always felt a warmth toward those kind and generous ladies of the night who gave me such solace in my youth.  It was prior to the age of aids and thus, quite innocent—and unprotected love making.  For, there was a bit of love in the encounter, not necessarily the enduring kind, but more the love of appreciation for the quenching.  Indeed, the fire was very hot.

    Like many have described, I ran a gauntlet of jineteras in Trinidad outside the local tourist bar.  And what a lovely gauntlet it was; bright smiling and friendly faces of beautiful and curvacous young ladies asking only for a trip inside the fun spot.  Unfortunately, I had just attended Good Friday mass at the local Catholic church and was feeling too spiritual for concerns of the flesh.  But I fondly remember the lovely young girls for the sense of excitement and anticipation they expressed. 

    For the moral nanny’s of the world, I can only lament the bleakness of their existence.  I guess it comes with sailing, this thing of taking life as it comes, living in the moment, and taking a big bite of what is offered.  Who knows when the last moment will come?

    At 17 I think I learned a good lesson about life.


  20. Follow up post #20 added on July 06, 2008 by Varsi Padayachee

    Does any one remember David Vitter, the esteemed REPUBLICAN Senator from Louisiana, or Spitzer, The Gov. of New York, or Dick Morris, the Republican strategist, or the Republican congressman who was playing footsie with an undercover male cop in Minianapolis?


  21. Follow up post #21 added on September 09, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    We are still developing our http://SexInCuba.com and would like to build it out more.

    Anyone have any suggestions for content… besides of course the obvious photos and videos of Cuban women.



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  22. Follow up post #22 added on November 14, 2008 by adisnuris

    putas cubanas en las tuna tienen sexo con varios turistas sin condon.muchas lo hacen por solo 5 dolares.


  23. Follow up post #23 added on November 15, 2008 by Andrew

    I’ve just returned to this after months since I had an email alert to a response to my post. I’m Andrew and I’m based in London, UK and I certainly am not Varsi or anybody else. I do condemn the US for the hardship that pushes people to prostitution. How can I blame the Cuban politicians when they have devoted their lives (quite literally under pain of death) not only to the Revolution but to improving the lot of the greater part of society? Clearly they saw that this isn’t possible via a bourgeois democratic process since private interests highjack it, but through a people’s revolution. Castro and the original revolutionaries are not known to live in opulence with off-shore bank accounts like so many of our own coffee-table socialist politicians, nor are they unable to declare how many houses they own (as McCain struggled to do so recently), so perhaps Publisher, you should go beyond your Miamist bias and examine the facts, for instance, on Cuba’s disaster-relief capacity was evident in the aftermath of 3 hurricanes this summer - same cannot be same about the US’s after Katrina—but I suppose relief and support of the poorer segments of society (usually blacks/hispanics and generally working class) doesn’t much concern the corporate fascists that run the US.


  24. Follow up post #24 added on November 15, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Yep. Heard it all before. Everything that’s wrong in Cuba is the fault of the US and Castro could do so much more for his people if it weren’t for the Embargo.

    Forget the fact they Cuba gets free oil from Venezuela, buses etc on “credit” from China and tourists from Canada and Europe but Cuba is poor because of the US.

    Also, women are prostitutes because of the Embargo.

    Okay, I get it.



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  25. Follow up post #25 added on November 15, 2008 by Andrew

    well, objectively speaking, if any relatively small state with a behemoth to it’s north that is bent on undermining it in any possible way, manages to survive, it will be done with great pains and sacrifices. The Revolution has lasted with popular support - are we any better in our parts of the world? We have ‘democratic’ regimes which are imperialistic so in the final analysis why is our system any better when we’re causing exponentially more human loss and suffering? So you rant against Castro’s regime (which incidentally he doesn’t control, nor ever did exclusively - you should perhaps study the Cuban constitution to see how state power is held) simply because he doesn’t join in and bring his governed into the globalist dystopian nightmare the rest of the ‘liberated’ world seems to be sleepwalking in? Prostitution is a feminist issue - though there were a number of rent-boys too - but essentially it’s about engaging in a deeply personal and intimate activity for money (because you need to feed yourself/children and so on)  - that individuals reach that level of despair that they need to resort to that, just goes to show how want dehumanises and alienates us from our nature. The socialist agenda seeks to destroy any scope of this happening and address the route causes (hunger, exclusion, lack of opportunity and so on), but the concessions Cuba had to make to survive the special period by opening up and elevating the tourism sector meant that degenerate and better-off bourgeois visitors (sex-tourists) brought their infectious lechery with them. Perfumed, well-groomed and exuding an air of reasonable prosperity, they mystify and intrigue the more impressionable locals, who are living through their own narratives, have their own fanciful and misplaced aspirations, or their real financial hardships to satisfy. Though I find it hard to understand why, if based solely on economic need, they need to prostitute themselves when they can be fed and housed by the state. Is it greed for that extra bit more, or vanity for a more glamourous experience that pushes a great number to prostitution? I was at the Malecon where this 60yo Dutch man left with a 20yo Cuban - my innards turned and I really wanted to accost him about it, which I probably would have done, had I been a bit more inebriated.

    Publisher - I pity you for your sarcasm - sarcasm and cynicism is what now defines us now in the post-modern world, and like the nihilistic aspects of western existentialism, it’s non-fertile and regressive.  i also lament the fact that you set up a website about sex-in-cuba which seems to promote the place as a sex-destination. If you were more concerned with providing a service to likely tourists, you could have set up a website with health-info and testimonials about peoples experiences, rather than promote cuba as a sex destination.


  26. Follow up post #26 added on November 15, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Glad to see that posting here is on the Cuban government’s “to do” list.

    Just keep blaming the US if that makes you feel better about the shitty life in Cuba under Fidel.

    It’s okay. Don’t be afraid. Someday you will be free.



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  27. Follow up post #27 added on November 16, 2008 by Mako with 172 total posts

    Publisher,  Plz don’t be so hard on Andrew!!  C.S.I.S.  ( Cranial Sphincter Inversion Syndrome)  can cause constriction of the blood vessels to various parts of of the cerebrum .


  28. Follow up post #28 added on November 16, 2008 by Erick Mendez

    Prostitution should be legal, and in the state of Nevada it is.  At one point in time in US History, prostitution contributed to the American West’s economy, and women became more self reliant ironically.  It’s better to have prostitution in the open market rather than the black market because the black market invites too much corruption.  The prostitutes and their businesses can be more accountable to the public consumers.  In the black market, pimps and policeman are the profiteers while not guaranteeing the success of their businesses.  Let the market be free!!!


  29. Follow up post #29 added on November 16, 2008 by Erick Mendez

    Andrew, morally prostitution is wrong, but the Cuban state does nothing to stop it.  In fact, by having those public programs; it encourages more prostitution.  If the programs were not implemented, the prostitution will lessen, nevertheless not cease to exist.  It will always exist, as individuals can see themselves as products solely to make a profit, why not sell your labor?  Honestly, if you hate ambition Andrew, I believe you should end your life because as I analyzed your writing, it was pretty impressive; I am sure you wanted to improve your condition in writing so you read and write more.  Prostitutes in Cuba want to improve themselves that same way; maybe differently from your approach; nonetheless the idea is still there.  The essense of human nature is to have the best, whatever means necessary; that’s why I see most countries’ immigration policies ineffective.  The process is way too long, so people end up going to the black market and risk their lives.  Andrew, everything is a risk, to improve yourself and so on.


  30. Follow up post #30 added on November 16, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    here’s how I see it ...
    Back in the Battista days, the Cuban prostitution was definitely the fault of the US - because it was responsible for a regime that kept most people in utter poverty, forcing people to turn to prostitution to keep alive/
    Today the prostitution in Cuba is the fault fo the Cuban governement.  In most cases the women turning to prostitution are not starving for food, but for luxury goods - jewelry. designer clothes, cell phones etc, which most cannot afford on honest work.
    Considering how open i’ve seen prostitutes operate I’d be tempted to think that its condoned to various degrees, but then its not much different than in Toronto, for example.  Am sure its not condoned there, but its such a low priority item its as if it were - suspect its gotten that way in Cuba now too (also have never had much faith in the honesty of the Cuban police so suspect that many are being paid off.
    In Germany, for example, prostitution is legal as long as they have their month health checks and pay income tax on their earnings, and feel thats teh best approach sicne you’re not going to stop it, here there or anywhere.


  31. Follow up post #31 added on December 16, 2008 by guillermo

    Cuba has a very interesting culture that has also deep roots now in the US . Economies in Europe the Americas as well as all over the globe have been able to skip along with the commercialized public… We are prodded in every way to buy and buy ... because the consumer is forever to maintaing the power that drives the world to always persue the happiness by being the surfs on a consumer bing(likened to the alcoholic- it is not an evolved way to enhance our existence on Earth). Given cigars can not be a product to feed every Cuban. The world is living in an artifical bubble and the world bankers are in charge of every step we make.  Include God in all that you do was part of the meaning “In God We Trust   - Our Dollars’ motto. For this walk in God’s creation is but a walk to where our souls will be in the life after leaving this consumer infused reality. We are all sinners = some happy- some sad, or with some only with apathy as their drummer. God Bless all of our countries and cultures and bring peace, balance, discernment, with a deeper understanding of God as our creator and Lord.  Peace Love, Harmony and abundance to all of the world ....that it all can give glory to God.


  32. Follow up post #32 added on December 16, 2008 by Erick Mendez with 11 total posts

    I agree that bankers have power and influence, but that is because several countries have central banks, and I am sure some bankers want to control all the banks of the world.  In other words, I theorize there are elitists that want a global corporate bank that will regulate all of the worlds’ banks, a Fed at the global level.  However, relating the bankers’ greed to capitalism is bogus; and adding that people are sinners and need God to rule a nation is very theocratic, and very authoritarian.  To reverse the same concept it is like Marxist states eliminating religion, and providing secularism as a way to have happiness.  In fact, I believe this is authoritarianism too.  My mom changed because of her salvation, but I changed because of reasoning and experience.  I do not believe in religion, and I think it is useless, but it never gives me the right to infringe on another’s religious beliefs.

    Now refering to prostitution in Cuba, I 100% support the plight of these women.  I personally believe prostitution is demeaning, but I strongly think the law cannot solve this age old business.  The more there are laws I believe, the more there are black markets.  Further, tax payers subsidize the elimination of it and workers also, so again F*** The GOVERNMENT.


  33. Follow up post #33 added on January 15, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    FYI,

    We recently finished our Sex in Cuba site to cover love, girlfriends and prostitution in Cuba.



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  34. Follow up post #34 added on June 14, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Gay page just added to SexInCuba.com



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  35. Follow up post #35 added on June 15, 2009 by Erick Mendez

    Very interesting, and once the site is running correctly; I’ll let my dad know.  I suggest to upload the videos to a different host, like an Asian one.  It’s called Todou.com


  36. Follow up post #36 added on August 05, 2009 by Daniel R. Smith

    Hi there ,  I went to Cuba for the first time in Feb. - o9. We stayed at a 2 start so we were very nervous . I read most of the reviews and decided to find out for myself. It was great we stayed at DON LINO in HOULIGUIN. I plan on returning this fall. Because of the close proximity to Old Havana. This time I will venture to the TROPICOCO again 2 star. After read the recent remarks on this hotel I get the impression that I may be walking into something over my head ?? Comments .........


  37. Follow up post #37 added on August 06, 2009 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    have stayed at the Tropicoco. Very basic but very cheap.  The 3 star Club Atlantico just down the road is not that much more expensive and much much better than the Tropicoco. Mesage me if you have specific questions on either as well as on the Playas del Este area.
    P.S.  Both hotels have 2x free shuttle buses to Havana.  As well as one of the 3 hop on hop off tourist bus lines (5 CUC for a day pass good on all lines) goes to both hotels.  Very good deal to sightsee Havana.  The line from the Tropicoco/Atlantico goes to Parq Central where it conencts to another line which ends at Revolution Square where you can transfer to anotehr line which goes all teh way to teh Marina Hemmingway. They run every hour or so (Cuban time !)


  38. Follow up post #38 added on September 28, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Comment deleted.

    Comments on how to exploit people are not welcome here.



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  39. Follow up post #39 added on September 29, 2009 by Martine

    I travelled from the UK to Cuba 6 years ago with my husband.  The first thing that struck us was the beauty of the country, the second was how well educated and cultured people were in comparison with people in Britain, most of the people we came across spoke perfect English and showed great interest in the ‘arts’.  However, we were both pretty shocked by the level of prostitution in Havana (naive maybe).  During our stay at the National de Cuba, we noticed a group of Italian men aged 60+ bringing 3 underage Cuban girls into the hotel bar, groping them in full view of guests and staff and nobody bated an eyelid.  I was enraged, and so worried for those poor girls, but none of the staff seemed shocked which made me think this kind of thing must happen frequently.  I look back and wished i had done something, but felt a the time that it wasn’t my place to get involved.  I know it’s not the Cuban government’s fault, but i really hope they do something drastic to stop these sex tourists taking advantage of cuban women, and children.  Although this didn’t spoil for me what was a memorable holiday, i will never forget the wonderful conversations i had with so many interesting people, it did upset me.


  40. Follow up post #40 added on February 09, 2010 by Mensch

    “YoungCuban” I bet you are only relatively “young” coz young Cubans give a hoot about their countries reputation, and that you are rather privileged compared to the chicas who do tricks in every street of every town in Cuba. By privileged let’s say, you have more that the daily ham and cheese sandwich, you have web access, you get stuff from relatives abroad and you suck dick in the name of la revolucion or as you call it “la rePUTAcion de Cuba” -  it’s a typical Cuban line, “hay cosas buenas y cosas malas”, of course there are whores in EVERY port of the free world, but they love money, their pimps, drugs, sex or they hate everything, but they started with a choice, work at Jack in the Box or suck dick in the alley. Your sisters and cousins, “youngCuban” - with a clump in their cheek, are not that lucky. They were born 1oo% choice-free and after 4 days of cooking up the delicatessen offered by their libreta, they can suck what you suck for an extra gram of jamon y queso or move up to the tourist trade level of the food chain. There are no crack whores in Cuba, there are just ham and cheese whores
    and god bless them, as they have more dignity than you fake homo erectus have
    with your cheesy commie bullshit alias. I’ve met too many of you flag-waiving
    foul-faces to respect your point of view, as in your commie den, only one point of view is legal. en cada barrion una rata como tu, viva Mexico!


  41. Follow up post #41 added on February 09, 2010 by John

    Tut-tut. talk about opinionated and frustated!


  42. Follow up post #42 added on December 26, 2010 by CubanRich

    It’s no better or worse than in any other country, however there is a serious problem in a country were college educated women turn to prostitution as a viable means of support.  Whereas pre-Castro it was the ignorant and marginalized, today its the educated.  Also those with access to remittances from abroad are less likely to resort to this.

    BTW no need to go to Asia to victimize underage girls when there is an abundance of it anywhere in Central and South America….. as well as the Dominican Republic.


  43. Follow up post #43 added on January 17, 2011 by tree

    people need to go back to their morrals!  as a canadian we all know to avoid that destination because of all the prositutes!  canadians bad mouth cuba and all the creepy sick old married men that go there! it got cheaper now $4 a day gets you a bimbo in a rooming house!  wait till something bad happens, we say don’t call canada for help or money!!!! and for all the people that say there is low aids there , its crap, they don’t go get checkups with doctors!!!!!


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