I was apprehensive, but also curious, so I went along with it.
It was late, so the crowd was slowly thinning out, but there were still enough people there to get an idea of the patronage.
We can only imagine at how these odds might increase in less developed industries.
And as we have seen, even Panama’s industry, which is legalized, has problems with regulation and trafficking.
If anything, he’d understated how attractive they were, probably out of respect for me.
When I think of legal prostitution, Amsterdam comes to mind, then some weird brothel in Nevada.
I didn’t, at least not until shortly before our trip.
Unfortunately, this class bias represents the less brutal part of the reality of the sex trade: Every day, sex workers face extreme violence, and frequently, death.
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology looked at the long term mortality rate among a local prostitute population in the United States and found that prostitutes were 13 times.
After a few drinks, a friend of ours went to talk to a girl, and came back a few minutes later. From what I already knew about the sex trade, I was sure that many of these girls had to have come from less fortunate circumstances, and figured they were also perhaps from other countries in Latin America, coming to Panama to work. And next to us, a table of older and off-beat average Joes relaxed, each with a girl sitting next to them or on their lap.