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. This is me being selfish.
Child sex tourists do 'dirty business' with impunity in Dominican Republic
Child sex tourists do 'dirty business' with impunity in Dominican Republic - Reuters
It was a piece of advice she shrugged off. Both she and her cousin were born to French mothers and Dominican fathers while her French grandmother had also travelled to the Dominican Republic and fallen in love with a local man. Playing the tourist, she travelled the island alone, ready to explore its men with her body and camera. The men are easily half-naked or fully so, one thinking the photo shoot was foreplay, another keen to get professional pictures he could use for his music project.
Sex Tourism Encounters in the Dominican Republic: Reflections as a White Man of Privilege
An American man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to traveling to the Dominican Republic to prey on underage girls. At the time, one girl was 13 and the other was The case highlighted the little-reported subjects of underage sex trafficking and sex tourism in the Dominican Republic, which prosecutes few such cases.
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. But everything is not as it seems: nearly all the Dominican women here are sex workers. The majority of hotels, villas and restaurants hire employees seasonally during the winter months or high season, he says, and then lets them go.