"Follow your heart and fulfill your dreams. Follow your basic instinct and... end up in jail!" This simple axiom, inexistent just a month ago, could easily become the watchword of our times in the wake of an allegedly illegal sexual "transaction" in a New York hotel room involving erstwhile IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn and an immigrant chamber maid from Ghana. But while the names and other specifics of this case are new, tales of powerful white men forcing fellow human beings of, let's say, shallower pockets and deeper modesty into unhealthy and even abusive circumstances are as old as the hills. And these cautionary tales are an apt metaphor for a far larger cycle of attempted economic rape cases between big global banking institutions and poor countries.