In a problem this grave both Cuba and the United States share blame.
And while I would like to see both countries take a much more hard-line approach to child rape tourism that involves civil society; as a United States citizen I’m going to appeal to my homeland.
I've made some of the strongest friendships during my time in Cuba from other writers on this website.
The strength of those friendships has almost restored my faith that the online world can lead to offline and real life change.
(Even though I have no idea how they would ban it if they somehow took power again.
I can only imagine it would get worse with floods of Cuban-Americans returning to the island.) But the Cuban-Americans never take the discussion about sex tourism further than superficial criticism because that would mean either stiffening the travel ban to unconstitutional proportions or ending it outright.
Few people in Cuba want to talk about prostitution.
So I can’t say my society is very interested in making this problem known either.So let me tell Senator Rubio what most of us Americans know about ourselves: we, as Americans, pretty much treat everywhere we travel to like a zoo.(I encourage any doubters to watch the movie National Lampoon’s European Vacation.) We even treat local tourism, within the United States, like a zoo.As far as the United States is concerned the extreme right Miami-Cuban community continues to support a travel ban that has made it all but impossible to track and prosecute child rapists for their pedophilic visits to Cuba.The octagenarian anti-Fidelistas will sometimes harp on prostitution as a reason why the Revolution has failed.
Illegal travel to Cuba under the current United States travel ban usually involves passing through Mexico first, followed by the final leg to Cuba.