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In Cuba, prostitution is legal for persons over age 17, but procuring (operating brothels, renting rooms for prostitution or other forms of pimping) are illegal activities. [1]

Jineterismo is a term used to describe an alleged number of illegal or semi-legal economic activities related to tourism in Cuba. These activities include prostitution and pimping, as well as other forms of hustling, such as selling black-market and counterfeit goods. The term derives from the Spanish jinete meaning horserider. The word jinetera means "jockey" in Continental and Standard Spanish,[1] but in Cuban slang is a female sex-worker. The United States Department of State defines jinetero as:

street "jockeys," who specialize in swindling tourists. While most jineteros speak English and go out of their way to appear friendly, for example, by offering to serve as tour guides or to facilitate the purchase of cheap cigars, many are in fact professional criminals who will not hesitate to use violence in their efforts to acquire tourists' money and other valuables.


See also


  1. ^ Cynthia Pope, "The Political Economy of Desire: Geographies of Female Sex Work in Havana, Cuba," Journal of International Women's Studies 6, no. 2 (June 2005): pp.101
  2. ^ "Cuba". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2009-04-09.  

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