By Zach Dyer
“The place you will never want to stay”: That’s the line an anti-human trafficking organization wants tourists to remember before they try to have sex with a minor in Costa Rica.
The Rahab Foundation posted a fake ad for a prison cell at La Reforma penitentiary on the home-sharing service Airbnb. The ad offers would-be guests “a simple and isolated space” with 24-hour surveillance for those willing to “share the facilities with dozens of people.” Using #Jailbnb on social media, the foundation is trying to raise awareness about Costa Rican laws governing sex and deter sex offenders.
“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,” the listing warns. Caveat emptor, indeed.
Airbnb, which claims 40 million users, was not in on the guerrilla campaign. Jorge Rueda, spokesman for the Rahab Foundation, said that the rental ad went up on July 30 to mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons but was taken down by the company briefly between Monday and Tuesday. The Rahab Foundation re-posted the listing Wednesday morning but by Thursday afternoon … continue reading
Via:: Tico Times