chapter  5
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Relationships of Power and Money

The most open form of prostitution occurs among transvestites. Although love relationships do develop between cacheros and trans­ vestites and many remain faithful to each other for years, a majority of the latter end up working for cacheros. In spite of the great love professed by Toro or the indifference of Chino, many cacheros put their transvestite lovers to work. Prostitution is common in all prisons. Transvestite inmates are the ones who most frequently practice pros­ titution, since they have often done so before entering prison. When we asked a group of transvestites, in 1989, to state the number of sexual partners they had had, the interviewees reported an average of fifty-one during the previous twelve-month period (see Table 5.2).