The Heartbreak of Cuban Prostitution

Heartbreak of Cuban Prostitution

By David Johanssen

Like many prostitutes who ply their trade in the darkened cantinas and discos near Havana’s tourist hotels, Maria says she does not go out every night. By day, she is a secretary at a school, earning about US$12 a month, but whenever her meager state salary runs out and her 10 year old son is hungry, she puts on a red miniskirt and heads for the well-known tourist bar, “El Conejito.”

Documentary
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Stoned Kids with Cancer
Fri, Apr 22, 5pm
50 pesos

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Spirits of the Jaguar: Forging a New World
Sat, Apr 23, 5pm
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Documentary
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Heartbreak of Cuban Prostitution
Fri and Sat, Apr 29 and 30, 5pm
50 pesos

All events at the Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

“I try to stay with the foreigner for the whole time he is here,” she explains. “Ideally, I would like to marry one.” For the most part, the women who work as prostitutes say they are looking to link up with someone who can take them out of Cuba or at least provide them with a steady income. With the easing of US travel restrictions, what will become of the enormous “sex tourism” industry in Cuba?

Friday, April 29, at 5pm, Shelter Theater presents the documentary Heartbreak of Cuban Prostitution, an inside look at why the country is becoming a destination for visitors seeking sex. Discussion to follow, 50 pesos.

Friday, April 22, at 5pm, Stoned Kids with Cancer. This documentary takes a probing look at one of the latest trends in the world of medical marijuana. Some parents of cancer-stricken children have begun administering the drug to their offspring in the hope of a cure. Cancer patients have used marijuana to tame the side effects of toxic medicinal therapies for decades, and some actually believe the drug has the power to cure them of their devastating diseases. Is this a reasonable use of medical marijuana, or does it harbor unintended dangers to the lives and well-being of these children? Discussion to follow, 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a short walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit sheltervg4.com to see upcoming events. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We are the home of the San Miguel Table Tennis Club. Come play with us!

 

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