Prostitution in the Dominican Republic | Female Sex Workers in the Dominican RepublicOn December 2, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Hola YouTube! Hoy hago algo un poco diferente. Después de visitar Sosúa y teniendo muchas conversaciones de lo que esta pasando allá, pensé, veremos que está pasando con prostitución en pueblos pequeños en la RD. Es actualmente muy común como por todo el mundo, pero muchas veces no se habla de eso y está a un nivel mucho más escondido. Estoy aquí fuera de un lugar de prostitución. Tengo permiso de grabar y hablar con una mujer que trabaja aquí. Voy a investigar como es aquí. Vamos. Hola, YouTube familia, estoy aquí hoy dándoles una vista especial como es en la República Dominicana en un pueblo pequeño trabajar, ser una mujer de trabajo…unos se llama prostituta, otros se llama lo que sea y como es. Que son las verdaderas experiencias de estas mujeres. Voy a ser la entrevista en español y verás sutitulos en inglés para ayudarte entender. La cara de la mujer está escondido para su privacidad pero recibirás información verdadera. First of all, thank you very much. I won’t say your name. Vamos a llamarla “Luisa”. What is your nationality? -Dominican-Jamaican Have you lived in the Dominican Republic all your life? All my life. How old are you? – 34 You’re young! How long have you worked here?
-In this particular business? Yes.
-3 years And in another one like this before?
-No. Only this one. Do you have a family?
-I have a family in (another town). So, you come here every day to work?
-Yes. And children? Yes.
How many? -4 The oldest is…
-19 and the youngest is 4. Do you have a husband?
-No Did you have one before?
-Yes You broke up with him?
Yes. Does he know that you work here?
-I don’t care what he knows. Why do you work in this business?
-Because my family isn’t together and my Why do you work in this business?
-Because my family isn’t together and my father was the only one who helped me but
he died two years ago. So, I decided to live my life alone to take care of my kids. Like everyone, we have to take care of our
kids. -Yes. It hasn’t been easy, in my family
or my marriage. So, with your marriage…I’ve heard that
there are many men in this country that beat women. -Yes, there are many men who mistreat women,
who kill them. It’s called feminicide. There’s a lot of that. The majority of men here are called “guelleros” (men who like to hit women). Wow, that’s a big problem. -Yes, you have to buy them clothes: tennis shoes, polo shirts – and I don’t like to
buy them anything. So you have to buy things for yourself and
for your kids. -Yes, and also for him. If I have a Dominican
husband, Dominican men like for you to buy them clothes… They want their women to buy them stuff?? -Of course.
Wow, I didn’t know that. But before your father was taking care of you, helping you. -Yes, with everything. But in the past two years, he wasn’t there
to help you anymore. And you had to do what you had to do to take care of yourself.
-Exactly. Did you go to school?
-Yes Until what grade?
-4th (almost completing her bachelor’s degree). I have one year left to finish my degree.
Really? -Yes, I’m still in school.
Still? During the days? Ok, in (your town)? -Yes, at the Polytechnic School.
You’ve got a great brain. Ok, so tell me, who are your clients, mainly?
-Well, now I’m mainly with tourists. I have a regular client who is a foreigner. He lives here? -No, he’s on vacation but he’s with me. Oh, so he keeps coming back to you. -Yes, because I’m not like the others, I’m kind of like the boss of the women here. Oh, but he likes you…because you are very pretty. Of course! And how do they treat you?
-Very well. Because I’m a good person, they don’t harm me or lie to me. Yes, but I’ve heard that not just in this country but all over the world that there
are clients who come for sex but hit women… -Yes, there are those too. There are they
see that if a woman…doesn’t want to make love to them, they force her. Has that happened to you? -Only once. Thank God. -Thank God because that happens. It’s a
part of life. So, are the prices fixed? For example, if a man comes and he wants to have “regular sex”, does it depend on the amount of time? -Yes, it depends on the time. So, for half an hour how much would that be?
-Half an hour is $20. An hour?
-Well, I have gotten up to $100 for half an hour. Wow. -Really. An Italian gave me (over $100) for that. So, the Italian gave you $100 for half an hour? -No, he gave me more. Foreigners give me more. Up to $100. For half an hour? – For an hour.
Half an hour is $50. It depends because I was also with an American who, for half an hour, gave me more because he was, as we say in the DR, a “polvito”. A “polvito”? What’s that? Someone who can pay more? -No. Like in half an hour (man who orgasms quickly). -Yes, for half an hour he gave me $100. And for Dominicans and Haitians? -No, no Haitians. Never? Why? –Because I don’t like them. In that way, I’m racist. Not with any other country. Only because they have caused me harm. Really? Physically? – Yes. Only for that reason. Otherwise I treat them all the same. Ok. So, Dominicans pay about $20 for half an hour?
-More or less. Depending on the client.
-Yes, exactly. And on the beauty of the girl. So, for half an hour I charge up to $30-40. That also depends on the person, not just me. And do they sometimes want to do strange things? -Yes. Like what? And does that cost more or you don’t do
it? -No, I don’t do it. Is it usually foreigners who ask for that or Dominicans or just anyone? That depends on who’s crazy enough to ask for that. For me, that’s only for using the bathroom, nothing else. Do you have health insurance?
-Yes. Paid by the business?
-Yes, mine is. But not the others. Because you’re like their boss so you receive that benefit. -Yes. You go to the doctor occasionally to get checked up?
-To check everything. I have all my papers for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, everything. They’re all clean. How many times a year do you go to the doctor?
-Every 3 months. It’s Humano health insurance. Very good. What are your plans for the future?
-Well, I want a house for myself and my kids, to pay for that. Your own house, somewhere else… – And whatever else because I have family
in New York and I want to go there to work, to have something better. So now, in your town, you don’t have a house. Who do you live with? -With my grandfather, he has his own house. So the kids are all with him. You want to get your own house for you and your kids. -Yes, with God’s help. I always ask for
that. What would you like to do for work?
-Everything. Everything? But… – To cook. That’s your choice, to be a chef? You cook
well? -Of course, very well. In a restaurant? -Yes, I can do it all. If you could say something to people who maybe don’t know anything about this country, about this profession, or why someone would do something like this, what would you want to tell them? -To not judge people, women, because you don’t how a mother has to raise her children, living this life. Because this life isn’t bad, the only thing is you have to be careful. We aren’t hurting anyone. You do what you have to do. I do what I have to do and I know that one day I’ll have to change the way I do things because this isn’t life for everyone. I want to do other work, like in a restaurant because I like food. In a bank, I’d like to do whatever it is. But one day I’m going to leave here, and fast. All I want right now is to have a house. A little space with a wooden house, that’s it. That’s a good goal, to have your own house.
-Yes, that’s what I want, my own house. Thank you so much for your time. I wish you many blessings and much luck for all you want in life. Hola YouTube! Estoy a una segunda ubicación. Voy a hablar con otra mujer linda acerca de su vida, quien es, y compartir con Uds. un poco de como es la vida por los que quizás no han tenido las mismas oportunidades que que pudimos haber tenido. First of all, thank you very much for making yourself available to speak with me today. What is your name?
-“Ruby” “Ruby” you are very pretty.
-Thank you. What is your nationality?
Pure, pure. How old are you?
-26 Young, you’re so young. I’m old but she’s young! How long have you worked here?
-4 years Any place like this before?
-No, only here. Do you have a family?
Yes. Do you have a husband?
-I don’t because I was married but he died. (I answered inappropriately. I misunderstood the term she used: I thought she said her marriage “ended” – that she was not legally divorced) Do you have kids?
-Yes. I have 2: one was 5 who died, and one is 13. They’re babies. (Once again, I misunderstood the term she used – “falleció”. I have since apologized for my errors.) There are many people who don’t understand how a woman could do this work. But there are different reasons. Tell us why you do this work. -In the Dominican Republic they discriminate more against women than men and more against women who have tattoos. I’ve worked in restaurants, beauty salons, everywhere. I stay here because this (business) has been in my family (of the woman who raised me). So I feel better here. Your mother knows that you work here?
-My real mother died but the one who owns the business raised me. I leave when I want to but I’m the cashier here. The women here work on their own schedule. But if a client comes I make sure the women are ready and provide good service to clients so they don’t complain because if not, that hurts the business’ reputation. For now, I’m ok. Also, in the Dominican
Republic, I don’t think they value this work. Did you go to school? For how long?
-I finished high school. I was going to go to college but when my husband died I had to work to care for my kids. Who are your clients? Foreigners mostly? Dominicans? Haitians? -Foreigners. Only. Mostly Italians, Americans…everyone?
-Italians, African Americans and French. Do you think Europeans like Italians and French like brown-skinned women? -Very much Do they speak Spanish? No. Because generally Dominicans don’t value women. They like to mistreat them and I won’t allow anyone to mistreat me. My next question was how do your clients treat you? -Well, thank God. Do they hit you sometimes? -No. That’s mainly what Dominicans do.
Really? -Yes, by far. French, Colombians, a Spaniards, and African-Americans won’t do it because they know it’s forbidden in their countries
and they think that the law is the same here. They don’t do it. Yes, I’ve heard about feminicide. It’s very common here. -Very. Why do they kill women here? -Mainly because, well, I’m a woman and I
wouldn’t want any man to take another woman’s life. Only God can take a life, and God gives
it. Mainly, men here are very jealous. And they kill them out of jealousy. That’s why as long as I’m alive, I won’t get married. I’ll stay single. Because Dominican men
have a problem. If he sees me speaking with a girl, he says I’m looking for a boyfriend. If he sees me talking to a (male) friend, he thinks we’re together. So it’s better if you keep him as a friend and nothing more. With your clients, whether they’re Italian or whomever, can you choose your price or … how do you determine your price? Is the price for whatever he wants to do or what? -2 things: a woman who sets her own price
doesn’t work… I don’t make the price. The price is for the room not for the woman.
The clients pay you according to how you treat them. Because if I have a client and he’s not satisfied, he would be paying for work I didn’t do. I don’t charge him. So the house charges him? -No. He pays.
Whatever he wants? -And with my clients, I’ve done pretty well
because what they value is friendliness and sincerity. That’s a lot of trust. – That’s trusting in yourself. But the house has to trust the clients. -No because the house charges up front for
the room. But for me, it depends on how I do. So clients basically give you a tip. -Yes. Are there clients who come back to see you? -Yes. Clients come and choose whichever woman they like. -Of course. How many women work here?
22, most are out with clients, the rest are here working. Do you live here? -Yes. Is this your private room? -No. My mother doesn’t let anyone come into my room. Do you have health insurance?
-Yes. Paid by the house?
-Yes. How often do you go to the doctor?
-Every 2 weeks. Wow, that’s a lot!
-Yes, I take good care of myself because I have 2 children to look out for and although I’m with a client I protect myself. All the girls protect themselves against STDs. Clients have to use condoms? -Yes. House rules? -Yes, it’s mandatory. Are there any who refuse to? Once they get to the room they say no? -No, that’s not allowed. What are your plans for the future, what do
you want to do? -Well, I don’t ask for anything. I only
work so that my kids’ can be somebody in the future and so they can say thanks to Mom I’m a professional. All I have and all I do is for my kids, nothing else. I thank God that I have my health to take care of my children. But you’re really young, you have a long
future ahead if you want it. -Sweetheart, youth isn’t everything. Sometimes you’re young and life ends in a second. I’m speaking from experience because my
daughter was very healthy, beautiful, 5 years old. One day she went to the country with
my aunt and got bitten by a mosquito, got Dengue and died the next day. So for now my focus is my children and my family, nothing else. I’ve lived a lot. I thank God every day I wake up. I work for my children and my family. I take good care of myself because if anything happens to me my kids won’t have anyone. You only have one mother. That’s a very….good goal.
-Complicated. Well, complicated but a good goal. I hope
that you also… -Think of myself.
Of course. -What’s going on is that I work here but I know the Bible and the Bible says to help others. So I help my children and I help whoever needs it. Do you think you’ve had a hard life?
-Very hard. But I don’t complain because I even though I may wake up with low self-esteem and I call my kids and feel energized, I feel happy. I see people in the street with no
arms or feet and they need to work because they have families. So I think why should I, with my 2 arms and feet feel bad. I have to give thanks to God. That’s why I work and can feel good. If you could say something to people out there so that they could know more about you, your life, about the work that many women here do, what would you say to them? -To the young ones, because I’m young and
that’s why I’m telling them, study. Make a future for yourself. Honor your mother and father and take care of them. Don’t do bad things. This life isn’t for women. This a dog’s life. I wouldn’t want for a single woman to go through what I’ve dealt with. If a client, Italian, French, doesn’t matter, but a regular client who treated you very well fell in love with you and told you I’ll take you away from all this, I’ll take care of you, provide a home, bring your children and we can all live together, would you leave with him? -That’s very hard because my clients have
offered me everything, truly. I’ve seen it all. But I have suffered so much in life
that when I love someone for one reason or another, they leave me. So I couldn’t do
it. But I would never try to hurt him. I would tell him, sweetheart I can find a nice girl for you. You won’t have any worries about her leaving you for anyone else. I wouldn’t do it because I value people and I know that for now I’m accustomed to this life. Although tomorrow I may leave because it’s all a decision and I can make them from one moment to the next. But I would have to think really hard about that because nothing is free in life. If someone who is 45, 50 years old falls in love with me, why is he single? Because
no woman could understand him, or he treated her badly. I think a lot about that. Thank you so much for speaking with me. I
wish you many blessings and that you achieve your goals. -Same to you. Take care. Bueno, eso es la vista dentro de la vida de unas mujeres trabajadores aquí. Casi ahora no quiero llamarles prostitutas porque me siento mucho más su humanidad y que la gente dice que estas mujeres no trabajan así porque quieren hacerlo sino porque tienen que hacerlo. Ya han oído directamente de dos a dos ubicaciones distintas. Esta es la segunda sitio. Espero que me puedan oir, la música es bastante alta. No es una vida fácil. Y me hace pensar mucho en los beneficios y privilegios que he tenido. Solo el privilegio de nacimiento. Espero que esto les da más visión en que pasa en este país pero también por todo el mundo. Por mujeres hacen esto… por qué las mujeres toman estas decisiones. Disculpe, quería mirarles directamente pero hace mucho sol. Espero que sea informativo, espero que les haga pensar. Si eres hombre, piense en las decisiones que tomas. Piensa en las mujeres en tu vida. Tus hermanas, tus hijos, tus padres. Si eres mujer, piense en las decisiones que tomamos. Como nos presentamos a los hombres. Que requirimos de los hombres. Todo. Hay tanto que decir pero… a veces me siento que es mejor no decir nada, deja que todo se hunda. Les amo. Favor de esparce amor. Seguro que todos lo necesitan. Ciao.