Denial that prostitution is rampant in the tourist sector is an outright lie.Anyone who disagrees is invited to walk down Obispo Street with me (this is a serious offer). I’m left to wonder if they are paid in-kind or in cash for their see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil approach to their job.
In a problem this grave both Cuba and the United States share blame.
And while I would like to see both countries take a much more hard-line approach to child rape tourism that involves civil society; as a United States citizen I’m going to appeal to my homeland.
They don’t have the courage or political capital to do the former and completely lack the intelligent foresight to do the latter.
An apt example is the Junior United States Senator from Florida (who knows just as much about Cuba as anyone else who has never been there) Marco Rubio.
HAVANA TIMES — In Cuba the denial of prostitution is a lie of omission: the government doesn’t really talk about it.
At the same time American politicians promote a travel ban that seriously damages United States efforts to identify and prosecute child sex tourism.The Cuban authorities acted appropriately and tried and jailed the rapists.Of course we read nothing in the local newspapers about the crime or punishment.Few people in Cuba want to talk about prostitution.I’ve been here for three years and I have yet to see any type of campaign against prostitution or sex tourism.The same day the about child rape tourism in Cuba originating from Canada after a lengthy Canadian Government investigation of the sick enterprise.