A little history lesson
Throughout the 1950s, Havana served as "a hedonistic playground for the world's elite", producing sizable gambling, prostitution and drug profits for American Mafiosi
, corrupt law-enforcement officials, and their politically elected cronies
Relatedly, it is estimated that by the end of the 1950s the city of Havana had 270 brothels.
In addition, drugs, be it marijuana
, were so plentiful at the time that one American magazine in 1950 proclaimed "Narcotics are hardly more difficult to obtain in Cuba than a shot of rum
. And only slightly more expensive."
As a result, the playwright Arthur Miller
described Batista’s Cuba in The Nation
as "hopelessly corrupt, a Mafia playground, (and) a bordello for Americans and other foreigners."