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    Venezuelan Prostitutes Earn More Selling Dollars Than Sex

    Venezuelan Prostitutes Earn More Selling Dollars Than Sex

    By Anatoly Kurmanaev Jun 9, 2014 7:44 AM GMT-0800

    Photographer: Vladimir Marcano/Bloomberg A prostitute in her room at a brothel in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, on May 28, 2014.

    The arrival of a Liberian-flagged freighter with Ukrainian, Arab and Filipino sailors spells one thing for Elena -- dollars. And greenbacks are king in Venezuela, the 32-year-old prostitute says.

    Within hours of hearing of the ship’s imminent arrival, she has packed her bags and is heading to the crumbling city of Puerto Cabello. It is a 450-kilometer (280-mile) journey from her home in the Western state of Zulia that Elena finds herself doing more often now as Venezuela’s economy contracts, the bolivar slumps and prices soar.

    Prostitutes more than double their earnings by moonlighting as currency traders in Puerto Cabello. They are the foreign exchange counter for sailors in a country where buying and selling dollars in the streets is a crime -- and prostitution isn’t. Greenbacks in the black market are worth 11 times more than the official rate as dollars become more scarce in an economy that imports 70 percent of the goods it consumes.

    “The dollar is king these days, but having them comes at a price,” Elena, who uses an alias to protect her identity, said late last month in a room she rents in a Puerto Cabello brothel. “Yes, we got dollars to afford the things our families need, but we have to sell our bodies for it.”

    Photographer: Vladimir Marcano/Bloomberg Drinks vendor Luis Alberto Paredes lives with his sister and their 85-year-old mother... Read More

    The benefits of the trade are stacked around Elena’s room in the Blue House brothel -- bags of rice, flour, sugar and cooking oil -- products that other Venezuelans have to line up for hours to buy at regulated prices in shops, if they can find them at all.

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    When I was about 11 years old, short trousers, spots and all, and being very naive to say the least we used to watch the comings and going of men into a house down our road, giving the dark haired busty lady owner a fiver, and then going into her house, and coming out about twenty minutes later, well one day when talking to a friend I asked what go's on in her house?, he was very street wise, he said it's a pleasure house, but to get the pleasure you do need at least a fiver, well this got me going big time.

    We had very little pleasure in the East End of London in those days, so delving into my pockets I came up with a couple of bob, not enough for the full fiver, so my friend lent me another couple of bob, still well short of the fiver, I though I will ask anyway.

    So across the road I went, knee's knocking like hell, sweating, I knocked on the door, and the lady came out looked down at me and asked "And what can I do for you sunny jim?" I explained all in one breath that I had seen these men coming and going after giving her a fiver but I don't have a fiver only £1.20 so will this do for some pleasure....Please.

    Well, talk about being surprised, she asked me in, took me into the hallway and said loudly "So it's £1.20's worth of pleasure you want is it then You cheeky little bastard" then started to slap me about, kicked me in the nuts, poked me in the eye, and then threw me out onto the street.

    Picking myself up I went back over to my mate who looked more then surprised, asking "What happened?"...

    "F**k me, I said, am I glad I only had £1.20..........I couldn't have took a fivers worth of that!"

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