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Owner of prominent Costa Rican massage parlor arrested on pimping charges

Costa Rica's sex tourism scene took another hit Thursday when the 60-year-old owner of New Fantasy was arrested on charges of pimping.

Cuba Dave found guilty of promoting sex tourism, faces five more years in prison

Sex tourist David Strecker, aka Cuba Dave, was found guilty of violating one count of Costa Rica's Sex Tourism Law in a San José court Wednesday.

Costa Rica’s biggest crime stories of 2015

In 2015 Costa Rica was the site of major drug busts, a first-of-its-kind sex tourism case and the rise of a serial killer. Here are the year's five biggest crime stories.

Costa Rica identifies sex predators with online marketing campaign

Costa Rica’s Tourism Ministry and PANIAMOR Foundation on Wednesday disclosed the first results of an online strategy to fight Costa Rica’s image as a child sex tourism destination.

‘Cuba Dave’ may face jail time over Costa Rica’s relatively unknown sex tourism law

Costa Rican authorities say that the man known as "Cuba Dave" has been illegally promoting the country as a haven for sex tourism, despite a 2012 law that forbids attracting people to Costa Rica for the exploitation of prostitution.

#Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourism

"If you are thinking about visiting Costa Rica with the purpose of paying for sex with underage people you could stay in this place for years or forever since this is a felony under Costa Rica’s law,” warns a fake listing on Airbnb, posted by an anti-trafficking group.

Costa Rica out of Top Ethical Destinations 2015 list

For the second year in row, Costa Rica has been left off the “World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list posted by the Ethical Traveler Foundation.

5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director

Sexual and labor exploitation are the top two drivers of human trafficking in Costa Rica this year, but organ trafficking continues to concern authorities, according to Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodriguez.

Brazilian Police release Tico accused of allegedly paying a minor for sex

Olger Ulate Ulate, 55, a Costa Rican man arrested in Brazil last week for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old transvestite prostitute, was released with preventive measures the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry confirmed. Brazilian police did not say when Ulate was released.

Brazilian police arrest member of ruling Citizen Action Party for allegedly having sex with a minor

Ólger Ulate Ulate, 55, a Tico who traveled to Brazil to attend the FIFA World Cup, was arrested Wednesday by Brazilian police in the city of Natal for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old transvestite sex worker, several local media reported.

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