The globalization of sex tourism and Cuba: A commodity chains approach | SpringerLink
Prostitution in Cuba is not officially illegal, however, there is legislation against pimps, sexual exploitation of minors and pornography. Many Cubans do not consider the practice immoral. Sex trafficking is a problem in the country. The country, and Havana in particular, has often been associated with prostitution in foreign eyes. A public debate followed concerning the relationship between the changes in the city's demographics and the levels of prostitution in the city. After the Spanish—American War , there were attempts to set up "zonas de tolerancia", effectively red-light districts for commercial sex. However, they were not officially classified as prostitutes, but instead treated as criminals guilty of the crime of sodomy.
During the past decade Cuba has become a haven for international sex tourists. How do we explain this phenomenon? This article contends that the Cuban experience must be understood as part of a set of larger global processes. It utilizes a commodity chains framework in order to uncover the links between the local sex tourism industry and these larger international processes.
Cuba is currently facing grave problems because of the continuing U. The country is desperate for foreign exchange, and is looking to the tourist industry as a means to secure it. Cuban tourism has rapidly expanded with 1.