Outside the resort was a little shopping mall, where many people were eager to sell tourists services and items. It was a pleasant two-block walk from the resort.
Prostitution is legal in the Dominican. I was told a horror story of young girls forced to make money for their pimps. When I was in the little mall there was the cutest young girl who insisted she give me first a pedicure and then a manicure. She was so cute and I was somewhat fearful she needed the money. So – I was conned as she painted my nails – jagged edges, no filing. But she was so friendly and cheerful I didn’t regret my decision. However, when she wanted to braid my hair – I resisted. I don’t like anything in my hair.