We were planning on sleeping a night in Samana Town so that we can be up early to take the 9am Whale watching trip.
I noticed when I was in Sosua, there was an overwhelming amount of prostitutes and their patrons. I can imagine that Samana might be much the same...and I don't want to really be around that (while I don't condemn it.)
arggggg what is this obsession with everyone as if there is no prostitution in other countries - ive stayed in red light districts in sydney and amsterdam , these are the safest places due to the amount of people around lol
I spent an afternoon in Samana once, and dont remember seeing any prostitutes at all.
Maybe it was their day off, but I got the impression it was nothing like Sosua.
i can't understand either the obsession with this subject. are you afraid you might partake and heaven forbid that ?
wear a "i'm a poor dumb gringo" sign and they'll be sure to leave you alone...geesh !!
I dont know what these guys are worried about, but in my case if a prostitute were to cross my line of vision and or I were to look in her general direction for more than a split second my Dominican wife would punch me in the head.
So for me its healthy not to have any in the general vicinity.
Where is the real "problem" or danger.
As far as I'm concerned here is a bigger problem if you are worried about prostitutes. See below in article from the DR1.
The women need to feed their families and will never bother a husband and wife walking together in Sosua or Samana. A simple shake of a finger will suffice even if you are alone.
This is off DR1 web site. In case anyone wants to know where all those Dominican men learn to speak English. ******US returns 64 felons****** The United States returned 64 convicted criminals to the Dominican Republic after having served their jail sentences. The Listin Diario reported that the 64 were residents of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and New Jersey. They had all been convicted of felonies and their return brings the total number of such cases to 3,165 so far this year (October 2003).
The sexual culture here is open and above board with no hidden agendas so you need to embrace it and if you want to ignore the obvious then do so. If you are so inclined you can avail yourself of the sexual pleasures available or you can go your merry way without partaking.
On a VERY long vacation...
why not answer the question?
Not sure why posters feel the need to project their personal opinion on a subject instead of providing an answer, but: My three visits to Samana provided the impression that it (Samana) is nothing like Sosua, not full of night clubs and or working girls or clients needed for them to exist
Samana is a very small "nature" oriented town where Sosua caters to the Ex Pats with a plethora of bars, nightclubs, discos and all that goes with it
From what I experienced in Samana you would have to ask a local to find a "paid escort" should you so desire, I doubt you will be bothered or even notice any working girls
Originally Posted by jlewfirtree
Now I am under the impression that the member of the forum Squat lives in the Samana area – so – whilst its unlikely that you will see Squat in Sosua, you may see him in Samana!
( Im so funny this morning! )
Thanks for the scandal
Thanks for your various inputs. It never ceases to amaze me how travel forums often become a space to voice grievances or otherwise attack the person posing the question.
For your information. I work in the Women's Empowerment field. In fact, I have even worked for organisations that support "Sex Workers" Human Rights, so please spare me your analysis that I am just another "gringo." I am totally cool with women who choose to earn their livelihoods in this fashion, bearing in mind that they are not "forced" to do so, and it does not support cycles of additional unhealthy relationships or abuses. However, what is a "choice" anyway?
So Kyle especially, please get a life.
Also, and I hate to break it to you, but there ARE some things in the DR that people seem to get quite defensive over, when it is simply factual. While there is prostitution worldwide, that does not take away from the fact that there is quite a lot of it here...and NOT in red light districts, but even next to family restaurants. I am not saying the Dominican Republic is "worse" than, say, Thailand, but I am simply saying, it is here, so excuse me if I point that out. I am not trying to ruin your tourist industry (at least for average "gringos" like me) but I believe in honesty.
In Sousa I was disgusted, NOT by the prostitutes themselves, who appeared to be lovely your girls, but by the repugnant red-neck American boys, and dirty old German men, partaking in their services. THAT climate, is what I don't care to be around. At least not THIS weekend.
Another thing to be honest about, is the crime here. People also seem to get defensive when you mention "crime" in the DR, siting you as a sed. "gringo" and telling you that you are judgmental. It is here. Deal.
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