They may seem anachronistic in these days of rampant feminism and igualdad de género, but apparently some are still thriving…
It’s strange, I lived in central Santiago for three years and never once came across one of these places. Anecdotally, I’ve heard that most of them are the Chilean equivalent of Hooter’s or the “maid cafes” in Japan where lonely old men pay to have attractive women serve them coffee and flirt with them, while others are thinly disguised brothels where the girls discreetly ask you if you want to “ir al privado” as they hand you your drink. On the subject of feminism, most of the western ones at least seem to think of sex work as “empowering” these days for some reason, and will cheer on teenage girls selling nude pictures of themselves on Onlyfans as “boss babes”.
Yes, Orwellian doublethink is rampant these days.