The country used to be a premier destination in the s for sex tourism for adults, including gay men. Haiti suffers from extreme poverty, with much of the population living on less than a dollar a day; those with no other resources often turn to prostitution. After the earthquake , many prostitutes from the Dominican Republic crossed over the border, searching out clients amongst the aid workers and UN personal. Dominican women command a premium because of their lighter skin.
On the streets of Port-au-Prince, women in the sex trade discuss the devastation of the quake — and remember the influx of clients who would offer five times what a local could. The year-old mother of three has been a sex worker in the city for nine years. Like almost everyone here, she lost relatives in the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the capital in January The disaster killed between , and , people and initially displaced 2. Homes were buried in rubble, while markets and government buildings were completely destroyed, in a country already ranked the poorest in the western hemisphere. Natasha bottled up her grief and began working again later that week. Aid workers from around the world arrived in their thousands to assist with the recovery.