The disease has been described as primarily heterosexual, Padilla said. Currently, prevention dollars in the Caribbean serve primarily heterosexuals, and this particular population of male sex workers who have sex with tourists is largely neglected. That population of male prostitutes grows larger as the traditional, agricultural jobs dry up.
All of them -- from the year-old to the year-old, many of them girls and women of color -- are on my mind here in the Dominican Republic. It breaks my heart and sunders my soul to observe the sex workers here, to see young girls and women the same age as my nieces wooing white male tourists for sex in order to eat, to have a roof overhead or beds to sleep in, to care for a sick family member, to survive. A selfish part of me wishes I didn't know what I know, and wishes for blissful ignorance of the activity around me.
BOGOTA Thomson Reuters Foundation - When Matt and seven traffickers lay face down and handcuffed in a luxury villa one afternoon last month, surrounded by Dominican police pointing guns at them, he knew the sting operation had been a success. Three days earlier Matt, a former CIA agent and United States diplomat, had been posing with an undercover team as tourists looking to buy sex with children in the Dominican Republic's northern beach town of Sosua. But the island is also known as a sex tourism hotspot, driven by demand from foreign tourists, Dominican expatriates visiting the island, and local people.
Under green and blue strobe lights, the dusty dance floor quickly fills with fifteen couples as a popular bachata song by Romeo Santos queues up. It is a weeknight at La Bodega, an open-air night club in the heart of Las Terrenas, a resort town on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. To the untrained eye, the energy on this dance floor would appear to be nothing more than an organic gathering, one of the few places in the small Dominican seaside town where tourists and Dominicans can be found in equal numbers.
Prostitution in the Dominican Republic is legal, but related activities such as brothel -keeping or pimping are illegal. The Dominican Republic has gained a reputation of being a major destination for international sex tourism  although the activity is mostly concentrated in poor coastal towns especially Las TerrenasCabareteSosuaand Boca Chicawhere women have less economic opportunities than in larger towns and cities of the country. Underage prostitution is a problem, particularly in some urban areas within coastal towns,   but there has been a decrease in child prostitution sincewith the increase in policing and the decrease in corruption.
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, the U. But it is illegal to force, deceive or coerce any adult or child into sexual exploitation - also known as human trafficking - and the crime carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years. In recent years, the government has stepped up efforts to prosecute tourists and Dominicans for child sex exploitation.
This article draws on ethnographic research among two categories of male sex workers in the Dominican Republic in order to describe the relationships between gay male tourists and the Dominican men they hire on their trips to the Caribbean. Drawing on both qualitative interview data and quantitative surveys, the discussion examines the usefulness of theories of 'authenticity,' as they have been applied in the analysis of tourist practices more generally, in accounting for the behaviors and practices of male sex workers and their foreign gay clients. While the flow of international remittances from 'Western Union daddies' to their Dominican 'boys' creates a continuous reminder of the utilitarian nature of the exchange, both sex workers and clients are motivated to camouflage this instrumentality in their construction of a more 'authentic,' fulfilling relationship.
Since the s, neoliberal reforms and globalization have transformed the situation of women in Latin America. In the Dominican Republic, these changes have brought about some positive modifications to the way gender is perceived. This is illustrated by the issues of female employment, gender violence, and sex tourism on the island.
Aside from the sun, sand and vibrant culture, something sinister is drawing tourists to the Dominican Republic. Picture: iStock Source:Supplied. In his report for Datelinewhich is available on SBS On Demand, reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy heads to the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, which is drawing international tourists in record numbers — including those with nefarious intentions with children as young as The island paradise has become popular with older, male tourists from Europe and the United States.