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Cuba travel be aware even if not from USA

Discussion in 'Greater Antilles' started by chillyinCanada, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Based on my read of the article at the link provided, I don't find enough to form an opinion (admittedly minimally informed) one way or the other. The news article is barely more than a press release in the form of an interview with the man's lawyer, plus a quote from his employer. The one mention of any attempt to gather information from the other side of the story was "The Cuban embassy in Ottawa did not return a request for comment."

    While everything might have happened exactly as described, one should remain skeptical in the absence of any additional balancing (or hopefully even unbiased) information.
  2. 10 years in a Cuban prison will feel like a lifetime anywhere else.
  3. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    It is your family’s responsibility to feed you. I expect this fellows family will hire it done. I expect he is done whoring, however.
  4. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    From the originally linked article:

    "None of the witnesses in the case — including the minor with whom he is accused of having sexual relations — identified Tomlin in court, Alcolado Perez said in an interview with The Canadian Press."

    "What Tomlin didn't know, Alcolado Perez said, is that at least two of the women at the club that night in February 2017 were underage prostitutes who were being investigated by authorities.

    The two young women were detained by police after Tomlin left the country in 2017 and allegedly made declarations against him."

    "The Canadian maintains he never had sex with anyone that night."

    Seems to me we shouldn't assume this guy had sex with anyone that night. Maybe, maybe not. A couple of underage prostitutes were catching 'heat' from the authorities and in that context made an accusation about some foreign guy who'd left the country. When he returns later, nobody identifies him in court?

  5. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Marshall Islands and Westminster, Co
    Smells fishy to me.
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    Wookie may never have run into any teenage hookers but 20 years ago, my friend and I ran into them plenty and we're hetero females. A bunch of us from the resort went to a dance club one night. Seriously uncomfortable, as an earlier poster said, the girls were crawling all over the men in our group. We stayed about 2 minutes and just as we left to Cuban police showed up and hauled all the girls away and who knows what/who else. Apparently, they had regular pograms that were supposedly a put on show for the tourists.

    One night whilst out to dinner, there was a guy at the next table with a, geez, I hate to even call her a hooker, she looked like a baby . . .but she was really drunk. We didn't look at her askance. We looked at him askance.

    We saw two men that were staying at our resort, out with young girls more than once.

    It's about the only way the girls can make money for the family. A bit heartbreaking really.
  7. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    The sex trade is very much alive in Cuba, especially in tourist areas. Unfortunately, they cannot feed their children or themselves and their parents enough with their meagre daily rations. For example, when the rations stated a loaf of bread per person per day is provided, it is the size of a small dinner roll. I forgot exactly how much milk was provided daily only for children, but it was very inadequate. I believe they said there was no meat in the rations. The parents are fully aware and babysit while their teenage/adult children engage in prostitution. The Cubans are hungry, and they tend to work in either tourism for the tips or prostitution or a combination of both. It started with the need for enough food, but now there are the have- and have-nots and the black market is huge.

    It is so heartbreaking.
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  8. thurman merman

    thurman merman Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta GA
  9. caydiver

    caydiver Manta Ray

    If the tourists were not paying for it, it wouldn’t be a way of making money. I feel sorry for those forced to rely on it, have no sympathy for those who take advantage of them.

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