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Prostitution in Cuba Sustains the Domestic Economy

Prostitution in Cuba Sustains the Domestic / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on June 13, 2015

There is no country in the world, except the Vatican I guess, in which
there is no prostitution. But when a social process has taken place for
over half a century, and has proclaimed its eradication, then it is
warranted to address the issue, hidden for decades from international
public opinion—like drugs, gambling and other issues taken into account
to support the dictatorship—because it was most appropriate for the
welfare of the people and the nation.

Today, prostitution is an issue treated simply as social conflict. In
every city in the country there are areas of tolerance, but the state
does not recognize or accept them.

Also it is now normal that in households they talk about “jockeys,”
“female wrestlers,” if not “Fairy Godmothers” when speaking of the women
of the family who sustain the household economy, and who were previously
referred to as “black sheep.”

Cuban journalists, paying homage to a “secrecy” that is not longer
required, continue to be silent about what everybody knows. When the
topic has been addressed, it has been through the arts, literature,
theater, cinema, and music.

In short, another pending issue that Cuban society needs to debate
sometime, freely and without taboos.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

February 24, 2015

Guardafronteras Uni

Havana

(Posted on Angel’s 8 June 2015)

Source: Prostitution in Cuba Sustains the Domestic Economy / Angel
Santiesteban | Translating Cuba –
http://translatingcuba.com/prostitution-in-cuba-sustains-the-domestic-economy-angel-santiesteban/

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