Is Carnival Cruise Lines Pushing Sex Tourism Out of the DR? Meet Cubadave, Who Says Yes

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Courtesy of David Strecker
Cubadave on his most recent trip to Sosua. His electronics were later confiscated by U.S. Customs officials.
David Strecker was returning from a vacation in the Dominican Republic this past October 30 when U.S. Customs officials at Miami International Airport told him to line up with six other people and hand over his electronics. The Key West resident dutifully surrendered a laptop computer, two cell phones, and two digital cameras. Then the 62-year-old sighed. This would be a problem.

Cubadave, as he is better known, is the man behind an eponymous blog promoting sex tourism in Sosua, a town on the northern coast of the DR. He has thousands of acolytes who worship him online for his stories about prostitutes -- and for his pictures.

Dave claims to have slept with thousands of Caribbean sex workers. Today, his goal is to help other -- often older -- men do the same so that they can reclaim their youth and that the impoverished women of the DR can supplement low incomes, he says.

Since at least the early 2000s, the Dominican Republic has been a hot spot for sex tourism -- thanks in part to Strecker's blog posts and ebook. But as the opening date for a $65 million Carnival cruise center looms, officials from the Ministry of Tourism have scrambled to eradicate sex on the beach.

The Amber Cove Cruise Center will open in 2014. This past July, Peter Jensen, a German expat who ran a Sosua club called Passions, was thrown in jail and charged with trafficking 32 women. (Sosua is less than 15 miles from Puerto Plata, where the cruise center is located.)

"Prostitution is not considered a crime in the Dominican Republic, but a third party makes you a pimp," Strecker explains. "That's what Peter was charged with."

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ilianag007
ilianag007

Sex sells and some of these perverts do not care if the girl is underage or if she is being forced into prostitution.  Hey, if it is her choice and she is an adult, oh well.... but forced victims are threatened to NEVER tell their story or a family member will die, or she will, or she will be in jail or deported, and the list goes on.  These man only care about their desires and never dare to even find out if she is okay, if she is there by force, if she NEEDS help.  At least get that out of the way and then do your business.  At least try!

Cuban_chikita
Cuban_chikita

Now they find this out ?.. its been happening years after years and the tourist areas and 5 star hotels cater women from DR and Haiti, ive witnessed it personally back in 05' Punta cana princess wasnt an adult resort now it is.. y?.. not so long ago in miami there was FLcompanions.com that man was one of the ones who was in alliance with this type of buisness and he also shipped women to high end hotels in Costa Rica and DR, to the tourist aswell DUh ! its a long line of money that will stay forever happening..like i said will FOREVER stay happening. I laugh when it becomes public its almost like ppl refuse to believe it really exist until its on the news n they remember it DOES.. God bless all the girls who work hard for that $$, Mad respect pimps wouldnt be anything without you gals, XO.  

lovingthebrazilians
lovingthebrazilians

No guy with that sagging body should be allowed to be without a shirt. It's offensive

Charlene Colletti
Charlene Colletti

Dudes a creep! Degradative to women, he is doing it to make money. There is only one type of guy that brags about how many women they have had sex with. GTFU!

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

^at least they'll be free when another Carnival nightmare ship breaks down over there.

Mark Jafari
Mark Jafari

No sex on the beach? What the hell are we supposed to drink now? Freaking daiquiris?

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