What does 'Sanky Panky' mean?
Find out what Sanky Panky means. Sanky Panky is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans
Sanky PankyA Sanky Panky, or Sanky for short, is a male sex worker found in the Dominican Republic. They tend to work in a hotel or in any area where there are many tourists. Their objective is to make foreign women fall in love with them with the aim of extorting as much money as they can from the unsuspecting victim. The women easily fall for their declarations of undying love plus they are flattered by the attention and will visit up to 5 or 6 times a year, and when not here will send money on a regular basis. They are not prostitutes as the women really believe these men love them, and have no idea that they are not the only one.
They will usually speak several languages, or at least enough to communicate, and are experts at making their victims feel very special. They are most successful with women of low self esteem, or who are unable to find a partner in their home country. Interestingly many Sanky Pankys are now turning to men rather than women, as gay men often are prepared to spend more on them than heterosexual women, and Sankys have the ability to change their sexuality at will.
However, many will have a local wife or girlfriend who will tolerate them having sex with random foreign women, and what is more, the woman will have met the family, and she will have seen how poor they are, but what she does not know is that they are often in on the scam. The sister she thought was so nice, and who always kept in touch, is often the wife.
The good Sankys will not ask for money straight away, they will wait until the woman is well and truly on the hook, maybe after a few visits, and then, slowly the stories will begin, such as his mother is sick, or he is in jail or there is a desperate need for money for some reason or another, and if she does not send it, someone will die or she will never be able to see him again.
You can read more about Sanky Pankys and their tricks in the very first chapter of the book.