Last night I visited Camp Allegre, or Happy Camp here in Curaçao. It’s probably the biggest and most civilised brothel in the whole of the Caribbean region. Brothel is maybe not the right word. It’s a cross between a hotel resort and a compound.
It has ‘streets’, called things like Booty Walk and Happy Street. Along these streets are rooms for the women who work there, each room looks quite nice, a big bed, TV, a bathroom, shower. It’s like a little neighbourhood, some kind of sorority house came to mind. The girls like to hang out in groups, sitting on chairs outside their rooms, chatting and smoking, wearing very little. It was Ladies’ Night, so me and my friend were allowed in. I’ve never been to a brothel before, so I guess this must be a rather unusual (ie positive) experience. In the Dutch Antilles, as in Holland, prostitution is legal. At Camp Allegre, there are 150 women, all who come to stay and work for three months. The women generally come from Columbia and the Dominican Republic, they come to make money and some can make up to 10,000 US dollars, I’m told. That’s big bucks in Columbia for three months work. Perks come with working here: security, health checks, a private gym, clean rooms and a client base who aren’t going to hurt them in any way (weapons must be left at the door)!
We didn’t stay for the floor show, but as we left lots of women were turning up, in pairs, without men and my friend and I left deep in discussion about the whole place.....and its effect on romantic love/sex without love and the good and bad impact such a place has on any culture. But that’s a whole bag of worms, for now.....hmmmm.