Legal, non-taboo and as much a part of Argentine daily life as the national drink mate, football and family barbecues, there are approximately 180 sex hotels in Argentina’s capital, boasting an estimated 5,000 rooms and 3 million yearly clients.

Commonly known by their lunfardo (slang) name telo —hotel backwards without the silent ‘h’ — tell rooms are rented by the turno, or turn. Turnos usually last three hours during the week and two hours during busy times such as Friday and Saturday nights. Late night guests can opt to stay the whole night and even get breakfast the next day.

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Published April 2012.