Thursday 20 January 2022

Cuba: Barter for intimacy the most natural thing in the world

Paying the bills

Latest

Many risked their lives ‘for a video” in the downtown San José shooting

QCOSTARICA - Wednesday morning was a quiet morning in...

Handwriting is good for the brain

Last week, the Finnish government made a bold decision....

Eliminated two archaic prohibitions of the Labor Code for women

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's legislators approved in the first...

Protesters planned a coup, reveals Eduardo Cruickshank

QCOSTARICA - Different groups of protesters during the blockades...

‘Luck prevented a major tragedy’ in shootout with police in downtown San Jose

QCOSTARICA - A man who threatened to kill his...

Consumers must enter PIN starting in February

QCOSTARICA - Starting February 1, a new guideline by...

Will disruption ever come to an end? These are the predictions 2022

QCOSTARICA (Revista Summa) Despite everything that happened in 2020,...
Paying the bills

Share

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba’s employment situation is difficult. Some retain their jobs, others have had to retire or remain at home, receiving 60% of their salary. It is well known that most private businesses have closed due to the lack of tourism.

Such is the case of my friend Keyli. She was a cook in a hostel. Always in a good mood and bragging about her status. She was doing very well, not even having to take transport as she was working in her neighborhood.

- Advertisement -

Her son, devoted to the art of tattooing, had lost part of his clientele and returned to his previous job – a stretcher-bearer at Calixto García hospital.

After being unemployed for several months, Keyli is currently cleaning two houses. The pay is 7 CUC, rising to 10 CUC when it includes bathrooms. But as she depends on her employers´ call, sometimes she only does one cleaning a week.

1 Peso Cubano Convertible – CUC – is currently worth around US$0.60.

However, this job is not enough to make ends meet. Her son’s salary is quite low.

Indecent proposal

In one of those apartments she met an older man who would flatter her about her attractive figure, great body, and she was very attractive…

She would often listen to his compliments, until one day the guy asked her to have sex in exchange for gifts.

- Advertisement -

Her first reaction was to send him to hell. She is 37 years old, and he is almost 70, it seemed disgusting to sleep with him.

After analyzing the pros and cons, she realized this relationship would have its advantages. On the other hand, nothing could stop her as she had no stable partner.

She was tired of getting up at dawn on her days off and waiting in line to solve her basic needs. Also, of buying products in the illicit market.

She decided to accept the proposal.

This isn’t prostitution because there is no money involved!

- Advertisement -

It is convenient for both of them, he enjoys her body, and she receives goods. As for her, this isn’t prostitution because there is no money involved.

She tells me he brings home all kinds of provisions, food and fruit, bread, rice, yogurt, tomato sauce, and sometimes beans.

Last night, when I talked to her on WhatsApp, she told me: today my house is celebrating, the “Friend who brings” had provided detergent, shampoo, and deodorant.

I remember when Keily complained about her partners not helping her solve her problems. Now, having sex with a person she isn’t at all attracted to seems like the most natural thing in the world.

Article “Barter for Intimiacy” by Irina Piro first appeared at Havana Times. Read the original here.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Q Costa Rica
Reports by QCR staff

Related Articles

Nicaragua, the new springboard to the US that Cubans are betting on regardless of cost

TODAY NICARAGUA  (La Prensa) The free visa for Cubans to enter...

President of Cuba endorses integration with Latin America

Q24N (Prensa Latina) The President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel endorsed Cuba's...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.