The range of sex hotels runs from low-end, basic and frequented by prostitutes to full-blown luxury suites with two floors, a kitchen, garden and a pool table — there is a telo out there for everyone.

Ask any group of Argentines, and a deluge of telo stories about their ‘friends’ soon arise.

“I had a friend who was there with her boyfriend when they were teenagers. As they were leaving they bumped into the girl’s dad’s friend, with a woman who was not his wife. They exchanged a look — she, ‘don’t tell my dad’ and he, ‘don’t tell my wife,’ ” says Majo, a 29-year-old teacher who did not want to give her surname.

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Published April 2012.