Last night Jay and I had our friend Bry and her mom, Renee (above), stay over at our place in Costa Rica. We were having a lovely candle-light conversation (power was out!) about their vacation in the Capos region of the country, and soon the topic turned to human trafficking and prostitution.
One day they had gone to eat at beach restaurant, and saw a bunch of beautiful local women rubbing lotion on some 400 lb. American men on the beach. The men were groping and stripping the women right in public, not heeding any attention to the fact that there were kids around. All the people in the restaurant were disgusted, but the restaurant would not do anything because the men were buying tons of beer from them.
Here is my question: how arrogant do these guys have to be to believe that these young women want to do this? That rubbing lotion and giving sexual favours to rude, 400lb. foreign men is somehow appleaing to them?
It all comes down to cold, hard cash. As Victor Malarek says, money is the ultimate conscience-pacifier.
On another day, Bry and Renee saw the same local girls with their blue-haired pimp, waiting for customers. Yes, sexual exploitation is thriving here indeed.
What would you do if you saw this happening? Tell the restaurant you were no longer going to give them business as long as they were serving the guys on the beach? Confront the men personally? Talk to the girls? Issues of safety come into play if traffickers are involved. These are tricky situations, and we must learn how to address them and handle them properly if we are to make a difference in the lives of exploited girls.