Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sex, money, desperation

Why do so many ugly, beer-bellied sixtysomething European men love visiting Cuba?

As Reuters reporter Catherine Bremer has found out, it's not the sunshine. Or the historic sites. Or the sandy beaches. Or even the cigars ...

Ms Bremer's report is not pretty. In fact, it's a terrible story.

And unfortunately, it carries the totally misleading, totally stupid heading, "Dollars can still buy love in Cuba". No, they don't. Dollars buy sex in Cuba. Cheap sex.

One other point: the article makes the astonishing claim that "Cuban leader Fidel Castro hates sex tourism", referring to how Castro closed down brothels in Havana during the first few months of the Revolution.

Well, that may have been the case in 1959.

But the fact is that 48 years later, Castro is quite comfortable with "sex tourism" - and the dollars (and Euros) that flow directly or otherwise into his regime's coffers.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story has horrified me. Of course we all know it goes on in all countries, but it is amazing how much we choose not to see. First time i went to Cuba I thought it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.... i still hold this country with high regard, but each time I visit, I see more of the "cracks".

8:33 am  
Blogger Henry Gomez said...

Luis, In fact Castro recently and famously said that Cuba had the most educated prostitutes in the world.

12:00 pm  

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