To keep or to kill prostitution in Sosua – Cabarete: Hoteliers say yanking hookers won’t hurt North Coast businesses
Puerto Plata.- The president of the Sosua and Cabarete Hotels and Restaurants Association (ASHORESOCA) on Wednesday rebuked former Sosúa mayor’s Vladimir Céspedes’ assertion that getting rid of prostitutes in the tourist region would spell disaster for the area’s businesses.
Tomas Callendar said Céspedes’ statements “show the degree of ignorance and total lack of knowledge of tourism’s situation nowadays. Mr. Cespedes doesn’t realize his statements hurt an entire national destination currently looking for a rebirth.”
He challenged the notion that most of the women and adolescents who engage in prostitution are native to the two towns, and affirmed that more than 80% of the sexual workers come from other areas.
“The towns of Sosua and Cabarete are formed by men and women of integrity, seeking the progress of people through study and work, on which politicians have failed with their actions.”
On Monday Céspedes, head of the ruling PLD party in Sosua, suggested to have tolerance with prostitutes to the Tourism Ministry, “because the elimination of it would be disastrous for businesses in Sosua and Cabarete.”
“The tourists who come to this area are unfortunately looking for prostitutes, that has to be said, regardless of whom it hurts,” the former mayor said, adding that “prostitution is what sustains economic activity in our communities.”
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