>> While it does so less openly (and less generally) than it did just a few years ago, Castro’s government does encourage prostitution.
That is a lie. Not true. In any case, define “encourage”. There are plenty of countries in the world where prostitution is not illegal. There are plenty of countries in the world which are more lenient than Cuba towards prostitution. Why is that a reason for the US government to impose sanctions? Why does it not do the same with the Netherlands?
>> In Havana, pretty much nothing occurs without the government knowing about it and approving it.
I see. So the black market is “government approved” too? The fact that something is not prosecuted means it is “approved”? The fact is that it is repressed in Cuba.
>> Part of the tourism drive was open cooperation with operators of “sex tours” in Europe
Big lie. december said the same thing in a past thread and he could offer NO support for his assertion. Please find me concrete evidence that “sex tours” were offered in Europe. Tell me the country and travel agency. Show me a brochure. december could not produce one single example. Not one. Let’s see you do it.
In any case. Suppose it was true. So what? Prostitution is legal in most of the world. The USA is using the excuse of its ridiculous morality to attack Cuba. Why doesn’t President Bush attack the rest of the countries of the world where prostitution is much more openly permitted?
>> and relaxing the prosecution of jineteras.
Well that’s wonderful. So relaxing the prosecution is the same as mandating something? I guess the US government mandates the use of drugs because they do not do enough to stop it.
>> However, the prostitutes started making too much money for non-party members, so in 1999 Castro cracked down somewhat. He drove the prostitution out of plain sight and started charging them fees such as nightclub cover charges (in nightclubs where they would be banned if they were not prostitutes) and the like. But he still allows and encourages it so long as it’s relatively quiet.
This is ridiculous. Where do you get your information? Please show me concrete evidence of what the Cuban government has done to encourage prostitution.
>> It’s a Cuban citizen cannot go into a tourist hotel unless s/he works there. Or she’s a jinetera with a customer.
Have you ever been to Cuba? I bet you haven’t. I have. I have friends in Cuba. I know what Cuba is like and it is not like you say. You are making up stuff. To get locals into a hotel you have to bribe the guards. Hardly goverment encouragement. In any case, the freedom to bring friends into your hotel room is something the USA wants to discourage? WTF? The USA is accusing Cuba of doing things which other countries do more.
>> Tour groups visiting Cuba are examined closely, yet sex tours (albeit without the overt governent sponsorship that existed prior to '99) get in.
Lie. Please present evidence of the “sex tours”. Please tell us where you get your information. There are plenty of Dopers all over Europe. Please tell us which country advertises for these “sex tours”. What are the activities? How are they organized? Who Organizes them? I want facts and details.
>> In fairness, the Castro regime is better than it once was about child prostitution. While it once encouraged it (and allowed the arrangement to export people off the island for that purpose), it now simply fails to distinguish between those prostitutes who are adults and those who are children.
Blatant lie. Where did you get this information? Please provide evidence. december said the same thing in a past thread and he could offer NO support for his assertion. Please provide concrete evidence. I bet you can’t.
President Bush has said Cuba’s prostitution is a “modern form of slavery”. How so? Prostitutes in Cuba work for themselves. How are they “slaves”? In fact, most other people who work for the Cuban state could be considered to be closer to slavery than prostitutes who are self-employed.
It is all hypocritical rhetoric based on American puritanical values and the fact that a lot of Americans will swallow whatever the leader says. First it was American manifest destiny to invade Iraq and now it is to rid Cuba of prostitutes.
The fact is that he is after a few votes. Plain and simple.