Dominican Republic: Prostitution

Finding a prostitute in the Dominican Republic is easy. Really easy! You just won’t believe how positively, undeniably, mind-bogglingly easy it is! I mean, you may think it’s easy to find a pineapple stand on the side of a pothole-encrusted road outside of Santo Domingo — but that’s just peanuts to finding a prostitute.

For those over the age of 18, prostitution is legal in the island country as long as no third party (such as a pimp) is involved in the transaction. At night, the local discos and bars fill up with Dominican women in their late teens or early twenties, who stare suggestively at male tourists or rub up against them like cats. Nearby strip clubs allow you to take a working girl out if you pay the club a salida, or exit fee. Adult resorts — such as BlackBeards in Puerto Plata (where “fantasies become reality”) — cater to single men and swingers with on-site companions. Passion’s Night Club in Sosua even offers a no-haggle, full-service menu, with a take-out option!

Photo © Passion‘s Sosua

If you somehow still can’t figure out where to get some sweaty entertainment, popular adult websites educate subscribers on where they can go to “get 18-year-old girls for less than the price of a good steak.” A plethora of available “guides” on every street corner will gladly steer you to the closest cold beer, hot food, or “skinny chica” in exchange for a buck or two.

According to a Wired Magazine interview with a Dominican Republic prostitute, “there is always a demand for sex. Men will always pay for it, especially in here where they can get anything they want at a discount.” Right before Christmas, more girls than normal work in brothels and massage parlors in order to earn some quick money for the holidays. In the same interview, a 15-year old girl in a hot-pink Lycra dress stated, “I don’t have an education, and I’ve got two children. Where else can I make such good money? To be a prostitute, you don’t need schooling, all you need is your body.”

Well, she needs a cédula if she’s going to visit clients in their hotel rooms. A cédula is like an internal passport, a government-issued identity document that allows citizens access to public services and to move about freely. It is common practice for hotels to take a girl’s cédula during the conjugal visit and return it to her when she leaves. That way, if there are any crimes committed during her stay, the hotel can take the girl’s cédula directly to the police. Citizens found without their cédula are often arrested, or even deported to nearby Haiti if their skin color is dark enough — a whole other story.

Most of the bigger hotels or all-inclusive resorts have on-site security officers who will refuse to allow streetwalkers inside, limiting entry only to registered guests. Not to worry; the opportunity for sex is everywhere. The country is littered with ”turisticas”. Also known as cabanas, these upscale, rent-by-the-hour hotel rooms are frequented by the locals even more than the tourists.

About a half hour east of the capital city of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, a seedy beach town, is a popular destination for sex-seeking tourists, despite a short-lived crackdown on the negative image of prostitution and its related crimes several years ago. Yards from the beach where families with young, half-naked children wade in the shallow water, nubile dark-skinned women snuggle in the laps of plump, elderly American and European tourists.

My Search for a Prostitute

Photo © Richard D. LeCour

My reward being solely material for my website, I set out to corner a prostitute in Boca Chica in order to snap a picture. After strolling the beach for about 20 minutes and realizing a bit too late that I needed to ditch my traveling companion since we looked like a bit too much like a staid gay couple, it took less than three minutes to catch the attention of Marissa and her friend. It required only the flash of a smile.

“Just relax,” said the voice in my head pleasantly, like a flight attendant in an twin-engine airplane with only one working engine, the other of which is on fire. “You are perfectly safe — they’re harmless.”

Marissa (the girl in the green-tinged, off-white tank top) was clearly in charge; she monopolized the brief, now-forgotten conversation so much that I never heard the name of her darker-skinned partner. After posing briefly for the photo, the pair morphed into a form of land-based kraken, tentacles groping and grappling. I strove to disengage, feigning ignorance to their profession, while Marissa persistently sought to keep my attention. I suppose I could have paid them for the photo as Marissa requested in a valiant last-ditch effort, but I was not about to expose my wallet as I had used the sorry-no-money ploy in my getaway.

Obviously, the recent crackdown in Boca Chica has done nothing to actually discourage business; it is quite rampant throughout the country, although the majority of the sex trade has been pushed to the north coast. A German-language on-line tourism guide to the Dominican Republic states that “prostitutes and their inexpensive offerings are the favorite goal of many single male German travelers”, noting that the “center of sexual tourism is now Sosua”, a city on the northern beachfront of the island. The German guide website states that “the women already possess the vocabulary of the most important language.” My German’s a bit rusty, so the translation after that point is a bit questionable; the women are either (a) quite proficient linguistically, or (b) really good with their tongues. Both have their merits, I suppose.

Mostly harmless.

Author’s Note: This article is intended to educate readers on the prevalence of prositution in Dominican Republic. While written with artistic license in a seemingly approving tone, I do not actually approve of, condone, or support prostitution of any kind in any way. All comments and questions regarding legal prostitution are encouraged, however anything surrounding the topic of underage prostitution is prohibited.]

24 Responses to “Dominican Republic: Prostitution”

  1. Sean

    (Off topic, but commenting on the latest post is the easiest way to leave a note…)

    FYI, I typed ‘richardsramblings’ into my browser and for a moment I thought you’d changed the format again. Then I realized my browser had actually taken me to Richard’s Ramblings, “Catholic Christian stuff, fun stuff, and just sharing”.

    Hmmm. Wonder if good ol’ SA could get confused and turn the sights thataway instead…

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  2. Richard

    Probably only if she misspelled the URL like you (and the other author) did. You typed “richardsrambings”, not “richardsramblings”. Interesting idea, though. Sounds like maybe an IP-specific redirect might be in order some day. Oh, and I’m sure he’ll really appreciate the link to his Catholic website from a page about prostitution…

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  3. santino

    Been to Sosua many times and it’s fun, fun, fun….

    get over the morality and enjoy the chicas… they want it, you want it… what’s the harm, exactly?

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  4. bwh27

    DOMINICAN SEX IS HOT AND FUN. AND MORE AND MORE GRINGO LADIES ARE GOING TO PLACES LIKE THE DOMINICAN FOR BLACK DÍÇK. GET YOUR ROCKS OFF AND HAVE FUN. THIS PLACE IS ONE GIANT DISNEYLAND FOR SEX!

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  5. handsomemonti

    Going to Sosua on the 9/21…I hope it is everything that I heard. I have a big bottle of Viagra…wish me luck. Though I believe luck is not part of the equation, but how many times can I get lucky.

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  6. soldier-medic

    and you call yourself a man = exploiting children, does it feel good to perpetuate the poverty? have you screwed your own daughter, granddaughters & nieces too? take a day off in paradise and come volunteer in the clinics where we treat the STD’s of these children! Like to buy some mulatto babies to take back home as souvenirs for your wives and girlfriends or better yet give her an STD? We all know the saying “that little prìçks are for little chicks”… are real women too much for you? Put your money where your mouth is and educate them so they can overcome their misery…

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  7. Richard

    I’m assuming that tirade was not aimed at me. If it was, you clearly did not read the entire article. I did not partake. If that remark was aimed at “handsomemonti” instead, then you are probably quite justified in indignation.

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  8. handsomemonti

    It is unbelievable the way some responders(soldier-medic) hate, did my message say anything about pedophilia?? Chill out and you will live longer, it is not that serious. I was happy about my long deserved vacation, I’m sorry if you were offended by my enthusiasm. Richard, I hope that my plans didn’t cause uncomfortable feelings or disrespect your blog…once again, the excitement of the trip, overwhelmed me. To those that care, I had a wonderful vacation, met a beautiful woman…and we correspond frequently. I’m thinking of purchasing some property there…all are welcome to my future casa, besides the insecure and uptight readers. Richard the article was very informative, thank you.

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  9. Richard

    @handsomemonti: Thank you. My goal is to be reasonably subjective and mostly informative, and I welcome all discussion and opinions — whether or not I agree with them, or how strong they are. My point in my comment was to redirect his ire (whether valid or not) to the person I felt with who he had the most disagreement; you. If he was mad at me for “exploiting children” then he was mistaken as I was quite clear that I did not partake. Glad my information was useful!

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  10. Weze

    I don’t know why white men wont tell the truth. They couldn’t care less what they have sex with. For them sex is not about a pro-creative principle, but instead about coercive control and domination of a dehumanized object. For them sex could be with anything and oft times is. They’ll use their hand, a handkerchief, a watermelon, a goat, a little boy… and they’re hoping that the rest of the world becomes exposed to and infected by their perversion as to make it easier to achieve their sick desires.

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  11. thatdude

    Well I par-took! I’ve been to Sosua and ravaged Santo Domingo as well. I love it out there… If a convo isn’t someone elses “cup of tea”, then they shouldn’t get in it… It’s not like I’m telling soldier-boy that he shouldn’t help people, b/c they need to help themselves. Some people need to mind their business, or have a civil individual conversation with someone they disagree with… Talking about someone’s little sister etc… shows that he is the really ‘sick & perverse’ one for even thinking like that… Maybe he’s thought about that with HIS family. Rock on handsomemonti! I’m going to see you out there… And I like your style Richard… Your blog is what’s up! I’m trying to learn about these things now… Peace.

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  12. Vince

    Richard,

    I’ll be passing through Puerto Plata on my boat in Feb 08. Its a pretty big motoryacht (4 bedrooms) so I’m sure it will stick out. How safe is the area? Any good local knowledge I should know while I’m there?

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  13. tony

    how are the chicas in the isla bonita bar i boca chica,. i have seen many tourists with the working girls there, any been with any, natalieloks pretty awsome.

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  14. tony

    i know of a few people who have been with natalie ,from isla bonita. 1000 pesos all nite , but wasnt that good in bed they say. what about wendy, does any one know about her. is she available. saw her there in fed, going back in oct.

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  15. George

    Nice style you have Richard. Sounds like you have the hang of the dominican girl routine. I see that you mostly posted lower end bars and areas in the DR sex trade. If you look around there are actually incredibly gorgeous resorts and girls to match them. Although stories like yours are very common many more happen behind teh scenes at places like BlackBeards and Blue Paradise.

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  16. Luciano

    As long as I know Boca Chica has the world´s second place in infected people with aids. Take care an be careful.

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  17. Sam Spead

    For the safety of both yourself and the Dominican women who choose to participate in prostitution, you should visit an all-inclusive resort that is private, clean, and secure such as Oxygen Retreat (http://oxygenretreat.com). All the girls must be 18 or older (so no fear of underage participants) and guests must be 30 or older. Truly an outstanding “girlfriend” type experience!!

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  18. Jon Rey

    Hey, I work in the Dominican Republic at one of the most exciting all inclusive resorts on the north coast. Everything you need is located there – no need to worry about being robbed, ripped off, and the girls are terrific, friendly, and accommodating. This is the place for adult travel, adult resort vacations, or even sex vacation packages. When I have time, I travel, golf, and play tennis.

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  19. Unclepacci

    Warning…. Hotel Sol Melina IS NOT GIRL friendly. They will not let them in at all. Stay away from here.

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  20. Ram Singh

    Excellent information. need more details, like for short hours and full night girls charge in US $ please. Also massage parlour location with photo of girls. I am much impressed that younge teenager are floating or seating on old mans lap. Need more details about hiring this type of very young teenager with adress if possible there number.

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  21. James

    Just following up Richard’s post : I can agree, there really are some tremendous Dominican girls in the south. The area is indeed easy to pick up girls but you do need to be very weary of the locals. I also popped into Blackbeards and to be honest the girls looked very disinterested and fed up with balding middle ages men. That said, the Dominican woman looks beautiful and if you are lucky enough to be able to spend some ‘time’ with one safely – you will have a tremendous time..

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  22. Robert

    I agree with George above…I think you are focusing on the low end seedy aspect of the situation. There are much much better ways to go about this and safer too. If you head to places like Blue Paradise DR or Blackbeards or similar you will find that they are clean, safe and alot of fun.

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