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.
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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.
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He is one of a growing number of European and American tourists flocking to the Dominican Republic to live out their illicit fantasies with underage girls and boys. In Santo Domingo, and especially its most popular resort, Boca Chica, Krishnan finds young boys and girls out and about in public areas from 10am, soliciting older, male international tourists right under the noses of police too corrupt to care. Krishnan speaks to a number of young sex workers, many who are forced into the streets to escape poverty and abusive homes.
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. There are 25, to 35, prostitutes in the country, an estimated 60 percent of whom entered the sex industry as minors, according to a study conducted by the International Labour Organization , a United Nations agency.