Jineteras in Cuba
Jinetera in Spanish literally means a female jockey.
“Prostitution” in Cuba - Jineteros, Jineteras and
Extranjeros and this article
jineteras in Cuba at the Havana Journal and leave a comment.
There is also an article there about the dangers
of prostitution in
Cuba from the New York
Male prostitutes in Cuba are called Jineteros. For
some young men, the sex trade offers an income unavailable in the rest of the cash-strapped
Carlos Triana dropped out of school when he was
about 15 and became a male prostitute in Vedado, a tourist area of Havana.
His family was too poor to buy him shoes or
provide food for the school day. “On top of that, I had to put up with being insulted and reviled for being gay,”
So instead he took to leading a double life,
pretending to his family that he was still going to school.
“I left really early in the morning and spent all
day walking all the way up and down Road 23, trying to pick up a ‘yuma’ [foreigner],” Triana said. “At the
beginning, I found it difficult, but now I’m used to it and I always get clients who pay me more than 50