In 2004, during one of his Cuba sojourns, in a place called Playa Jaimanitas, he met Hank Allen, then a student at Valencia Community College in Orlando. Allen recalls that Strecker would do things like approach a young girl walking with her mother on the street and ask if she was available. "He has no wife or kids or anything to lose," Allen says, "and other people who travel there do."

The jineteras in Cuba considered sex a casual activity like eating a ham sandwich.

Allen had headed to the island on a field trip for his humanities class and ended up dropping out of school and staying until he ran out of cash — about six weeks. When he returned to the United States, Allen registered the website Cubadave.com and let Strecker post there.

Strecker was more concerned with attention than money. "I could be a professional photographer, and I've been complimented by everyone," he says. "You get proud of your work."

Dave poses in his Key West bedroom, which is covered with pictures of prostitutes he's slept with at least ten times.
Kristin Björnsen
Dave poses in his Key West bedroom, which is covered with pictures of prostitutes he's slept with at least ten times.
Dominican women chase Dave down the street because a plug on his website means customers will know to ask for them by name.
Courtesy of David Strecker
Dominican women chase Dave down the street because a plug on his website means customers will know to ask for them by name.

But soon the Bush administration cracked down on travel to Cuba. Strecker began looking for somewhere else to travel. Around that time, Daniel Caro, who lived in San José, began reading the Cubadave blog. He sent Strecker an email about monetizing his stories by taking advantage of social media links and toning down salaciousness.

"I told him he'd have a lot more reach if we could keep the language from being offensive," Caro remembers. "I told him we'd have to do it in a way that's acceptable for Facebook and social media."

The 30-something self-described science-fiction nerd and community college graduate had worked a high-stress IT job in Maryland before moving to Costa Rica, where he says he lived a more laid-back lifestyle. When the two finally met in person in San José, Caro began following Strecker around with a camera and microphone. Caro, who uses a pen name, didn't want to attach his name or image to anything related to sex tourism. Meanwhile, Strecker was more than open about his exploits on the photo blog.

The plan worked. Adventures of Cubadave was soon receiving almost 17,000 hits a week, according to their count. It wouldn't be long before more than 1,400 men were willing to be publicly associated with the blog's Facebook fan page. There were almost 5,000 email subscribers. Caro and Strecker have even written an e-book together, Cuba Dave's Guide to Sosua, Dominican Republic.

Simply put: If Caro is the brains of the operation, Cubadave is the brand.

"Daniel is the smartest guy when it comes to any sort of cyberwork," says Strecker, who jokes he'd probably be locked up if he didn't have Caro telling him where to draw the line with his offensive pictures. "He knows what will and will not show up on Google. He'll find any loophole and do that."

Why are men so receptive to Strecker, a Mister Rogers look-alike who can't keep it in his cardigan? Strecker says his subscribers are delighted to be in Sosua, where girls prance along the beach in thong bikinis while looking for companionship. Money is the only criterion for attraction. "They look over and see their wives eating potato chips on the couch," Strecker says of his audience. "Suddenly they're like, 'Yeah, I'll go.'"


Three years ago, Strecker began traveling monthly to the Dominican Republic, where a friend told him the cost of living was much lower than that of Costa Rica. He visited Rosa Salon & Spa, a shabby orange building with bars on its windows near a strip of beachfront hotels. According to owner Rosa Iris, he is always exceedingly friendly to the handful of women who work there giving massages and manicures.

Girls in the DR grow up brushing one another's hair and doing each other's nails, Iris says. There are also no jobs to be had in Sosua, where many of the girls become pregnant by age 15. Proffering skills learned in girlhood is often the only way they know how to make money as adults, although the competition there for tourist dollars is fierce.

Rosa's salon was what is known as a "jack shack" in monger terms. Often, after getting a haircut, Strecker says, he would take one of Rosa's girls into a backroom and have sex on a cot that was curtained off by a few hanging sheets. He spent a lot of money there. More important, though, he also brought many other customers.

The 23-year-old Rosa considers Strecker a godsend. "He started taking my photos and putting them in his online magazine, and then people started coming here and asking for me by name," she told New Times during a recent phone call. "People read it all over the world."

Only recently has the internet become available in Rosa's part of the world. She uses it to promote herself and to attract foreign clients. And because online access is so new, she says, she can do so without the prying eyes of older relatives.

Strecker says many of the girls at Rosa's Salon live a double life that comes back to haunt them when they eventually get married. "The problem that's happened to me is that you post these photos [of these girls] and do a story on them, and some guy comes and takes them away and wants it to go away," he says. "On the internet, it doesn't go away."

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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

people "Sell" themselves all the time


why has the line been drawn at the sexual door?


the womens movement says ( and rightly so)


that a women is not dirty or evil etc if she wants to have random sex etc etc


so most of us would say just dont have any children



BUT EVEN THERE, the womens crowd says


hey, its none of your business ( well, except for the paying for it) if she is pregnant etc etc



Does Hillary Clinton get called a gold digger or worse for hooking up with a guy she saw potential in to lead her 


to a better life / riches??


michelle Obama?


no



no one knows what was then or now in a persons heart in their pursuit for a better life 



( cause its fair to say we all do things to make a better lifefor  ourselves)



so these females live in a poor country and even if they are highly intelligent, there is no industry to put that to use so


they say hey, I see a man ( or women) and I get something and that person gets something out of this act




americanworkmule
americanworkmule

Don't you think it would be better to take immediate offense to this article and have a knee jerk reaction, rather then contemplate its content and the sexual preference perhaps? Of the author.

Of course not most have very limited reasoning skills.

tom_reynolds
tom_reynolds

A man living on his own terms.


The stigma with p4p is laughable and outdated.  It is kept alive by bitter, overweight feminists who think men shouldn't have choices.  Consenting adults should do whatever they please. 


You pay for sex no matter how you get it; and given how promiscuous the average western woman is in hookup culture (i hooked up with 12 in only 2 years at college; and i barely tried), you probably have a better chance of getting an std with an average woman whose had drunk sex without protection than a professional who uses protection habitually.  


Men are awaking from their slumber.  Since when did women swear by any "values" that didn't serve their own selfish interests somehow.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............BuNGA BuNGA GAMES have been played since the beginning - otherwise reading SALTER is more colorful regarding ex-military abroad a broad

ronfurrall
ronfurrall

the miami times...should look into replacing alli conti.....she's exploiting proposition....and has nothing better to write..or investigate on.....it must be slow in florida.....

ronfurrall
ronfurrall

nice story alli...this was a nice way of promotingthis man...cubadave...so let me understand this....prostitution in another country...and men..woman paying for it....that's unbelievable...thank god...that the usa took careof this decades ago...in fact...pick any place on the planet..that doesn't have whores working..please...why don't you tell us..how much you were paid to promote cubadave...and this town in the Dominican rep....what's your next story on...chicken tacos being sold in a town....in Mexico...is the check in the mail....or have you cashed it already....signed by...........cubadave...your an idiot.....or do you think that we are the idiots buying this nonsense...of a story

Stephanie D Lopez
Stephanie D Lopez

Sex is definitely NOT this man's only vice! How about aiding the systematic sexual exploitation of a politically and economically disadvantage people?!?!?! I'm horrified.

wanderinggringo
wanderinggringo

Now my name is all over this looking like I am trying to help this guy. I have never even met him, I make one comment on the facebook page and now I am part of the story. I in no way condone this mans actions...

Terrible reporting, using a persons real name and commenting on his looks without his knowledge brings it to a new low.

Eva Vicuña Dieguez
Eva Vicuña Dieguez

is the New Times trying to promote this guy? do you have any other better or more constructive news to offer???

Murphy Free
Murphy Free

that s the world we live in.... n that s the fun part.. think about the political money workers!!!!

runningbear27609
runningbear27609

Several comments


1 What is the point of this article? Cuba Dave (and others) go to other countries to legally engage in fun, consensual sex with adult Latin ladies.  Prostitution is legal in these countries. I applaud Cuba Dave for living his life the way he wants and having fun in his own way. The whole subtext of the article is a moral judgement of a man's sexual activities. I assume Allie  (the author) would have Dave and all men behave in strict accordance with her conservative or feminist/liberal ideology. Many gay men travel to Latin America for sex but I seriously doubt the Allie would ever impose a moral judgement on these men. 


2. I knew Noah Goldberg. He provided tours of the city he loved, Medellin Colombia. I took several of his tours, and sex with prostitutes was never the objective of his tours. Noah was slandered on the forums and private blogs by people who did not know him. His only mistake was borrowing money from the wrong people and having a drug habit. The author of this article took verbatim, the innuendo and character assassination she read online and reprinted it as indisputable fact. 


The author of this article has very low journalistic standards and has no credibility in her writing. Allie, do your homework and keep your moral judgments to yourself!

sirmarjalot
sirmarjalot

Wow interesting stories, Am considering Columbia myself as I am running out of places to go.  Just how much cash does Cuba Dave make?

Alain D. Mozas
Alain D. Mozas

Not as compelling as recent full-length articles but the guy is def. an interesting subject. I refreshed my browser thinking that only half of the last page loaded. Nope..

ricosuaveinsosua
ricosuaveinsosua

Stephanie,


The word of the day is Mortified, not "Horrified".

You have nothing to be afraid of here.

You almost created a complex sentence with all of those big words.


Go ahead and tell those poor "Exploited People" that you want to "help" them by taking the hard earned food out of the mouths of their fatherless children.


That is only one of the many benefits from the millions of dollars, bypassing the corrupt governments being pumped directly into the economies of these poor countries.

The governments of these countries reluctantly allow this type of trade, not because they want to but because they know exactly how important it is to their countries financial well being.


You have no idea what economics and politics are about but I'll bet it made you feel special writing it.


Get educated first, then go save the world!

wanderinggringo
wanderinggringo

I was even misquoted. I did not make a remark about passions, I made that remark about the closing of El Velero on the beach.

tom_reynolds
tom_reynolds

He and the women he cites on his site have done more for the world than you ever will.

 
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