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Costa Rica sex promoter 'Cuba Dave' won't be making it home for the holidays this year

David Strecker, the 65-year-old U.S. man arrested in September under Costa Rica’s little-known “Sex Tourism Law,” will remain in preventive detention in a San José prison until at least Jan. 2, 2016, according to a court ruling handed down Monday in an appellate hearing.

Strecker, known widely by his nickname “Cuba Dave,” is the first person in the country’s history to be arrested under the 2013 law that calls for punishment of anyone who promotes or carries out programs that prop up Costa Rica as a destination for sexual tourism.

Tatiana Vargas, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor’s Office, told The Tico Times that Strecker’s extended detention is a “preventive measure” to make sure he does not flee the country while the criminal investigation against him continues.

“The criminal case began after it was found that the suspect had made various Internet publications in which he apparently invited other North Americans to visit Costa Rica, indicating that the prostitution services are easy to acquire here,” Vargas said via email on Wednesday.

Under the moniker “Cuba Dave,” Strecker created a website that recounted his stories from his sex-fueled excursions in Costa Rica and other Latin American destinations, as well as pictures of women dressed in nothing more than bikinis who were apparently prostitutes, and videos in which Strecker would give advice to his followers on the best places to stay in San José.

 

A screenshot from an archived home page of www.cubadave.com. The domain now serves as a fundraiser for Strecker’s legal defense funds.

 

In a 2012 article archived on the website, Strecker tells the story of how a Colombian girl named “Judy” persuaded him into going to Campo Alegre Resort in Curacao, a Caribbean island north of Venezuela. Strecker details in the blog entry, titled “Campo Alegre an adventure to forget about,” that his experience on the island was tainted by high hotel prices and women that didn’t meet his physical standards.

“When Judy was working I would walk the grounds and chat with the available girls and found that they were willing to perform for much less than the standard price but of the 120 advertised girls I probably seen a total of 40 girls and very few that were even a 5 or 6,” Strecker wrote.

On the first comment under the story, a commenter named Mavrick says, “Thanks for the heads up ill stay away from that one. I took your advice on CR and it was right so now im taking your advice on sosua. ill be down there the last week of this month. Hope to c you down there!”

Strecker is currently being held in San Sebastián prison, one of the country’s most overcrowded detention centers located just south of San José. At the hearing on Monday, Strecker’s attorney, Alfredo Núñez, told The Tico Times that he would not comment on the case.

In a possible criminal trial, Strecker could face four to eight years in jail, according to the previously untested law, which is filed under Article 162 bis of Costa Rica’s Human Trafficking Law.

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Contact Michael Krumholtz at mkrumholtz@ticotimes.net

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Hachi Ko

To expound further upon the subject of this article…

There is Absolutely Nothing in this article that implicates Cubadave in any alleged violation of the law in question, which, when translated into English, basically…

prohibits “making use of any medium to promote the country at the national and international level as a tourist destination accessible for the exploitation of sexual commerce or for the prostitution of persons of any sex or age”

However… None of the quotes or paraphrased statements in the article which are attributed to Cubadave actually “Promote” sex tourism, although Ms. Vargas asserts that he did so.

Here are the only other quotes or paraphrased statement in the article that I could find, which are attributed to Cubadave…

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In a 2012 article archived on the website, Strecker tells the story of how a Colombian girl named “Judy” persuaded him into going to Campo Alegre Resort in Curacao, a Caribbean island north of Venezuela. Strecker details in the blog entry, titled “Campo Alegre an adventure to forget about,” that his experience on the island was tainted by high hotel prices and women that didn’t meet his physical standards.

“When Judy was working I would walk the grounds and chat with the available girls and found that they were willing to perform for much less than the standard price but of the 120 advertised girls I probably seen a total of 40 girls and very few that were even a 5 or 6,” Strecker wrote.

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These are statements of experience and opinion. They are not statements involving any kind of promotion of any location as a “Sex Tourism” destination.

I think that the author of the article simply believes that Sex Tourism is Wrong, and that Cubadave is Evil, and that the author is simply trying to stab away at the concept of Sex Tourism, to paint it as an evil and reprehensible activity.

Even Costa Rica itself is not saying that Sex Tourism is Wrong. Costa Rica is simply saying, “Could you PLEASE not post on the Internet or any other widespread media that our entire country is just one big Whorehouse? Thanks So Much!”

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Hachi Ko

First of all… Just so that you know where I’m coming from… I am not a huge fan of Cubadave. I don’t like a lot of the stuff that he has done, and he has knowingly tested the limits of Costa Rican law. However… I don’t believe that Cubadave is an evil man. He is a relatively decent guy, with a lot of personal flaws, who has been traveling throughout Latin America for many, many years, for the primary purpose of meeting “working girls”. There are Tens of Thousands of travelers who live in the USA, Canada, and other countries who also do that.

On the other hand, as the article states, there is a major difference between Cubadave and those other guys… Cubadave operated (until he was arrested in Costa Rica) an Online Empire which took full advantage of his activities to provide tons of online information to other travelers who might be interested in indulging in activities similar to those of Cubadave.

Now… When I say “Online Empire”, you have to take that in the context of what an “Online Empire” involving traveling for the purpose of meeting “Working Girls” in Latin American would most likely involve. We’re not talking about an enterprise that would turn a profit of Millions of U.S. Dollars. We’re talking about something that might turn a profit that is barely in the mid-five-digit-range… if you’re lucky.

Now… all of a sudden… Cubadave is the most Evil Man in Costa Rica. Why?

Most likely… He irritated the wrong person. He has been doing the same thing that he was doing when he was arrested, for over a decade. The law under which he was arrested has been in effect for over 3 years. What? It took the Costa Rican government to do a Google Search and say, “What The… ?! What in the World is Cubadave.com?!”

So… Fast Forward to 3 years after the “Laura Law” was passed…

And NOW we have this…

A “Journalist” on Tico Times making such ground-breaking statements as…

1) “women dressed in nothing more than bikinis’

2) “who were apparently prostitutes” [ “APPARENTLY prostitutes?!” ]

3) “Strecker would give advice to his followers on the best places to stay in San José”

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Awesome!

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