Sex tourism in Africa: European women who pay for sex with locals By: Youtube Sexual predators or sad old ladies in search of orgasms and a bit of romance? But they are also known to offer sex, almost exclusively to middle-aged white women who go to the island exclusively for that purpose.
Men seeking sex tourism is a much-publicised phenomenon. Predominantly white European and North American men heading to poor countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Kenya with the main purpose of having sex with local women have been labelled as predators for years.
Not included in the scope of prostitution, sexual tourism is seen as social exchange, rather than an explicit sex-for-money trade. Now, women are increasingly injecting themselves into this world. Turning this trade on its head, they are no longer just bodies being bought, but rather the ones travelling across continents to have sex with the local men. Older women, predominantly from Europe and North America, frequent African and Caribbean Basin resorts in the hopes of romance, companionship and sexual encounters.
The men they engage with are not under-aged often the case with men seeking sexual tourism , and are usually consensual sexual relationships with the understanding that goods and money will be exchanged.
The Mail Online notes that these women either travel alone or in groups of friends. They are often divorced and have experienced some sort of heartbreak in past relationships, says Reuters. These women are thought to be affluent. Yet The Mail Online notes that these European women are not necessarily wealthy. In comparison, yes, but many hold down low-paying administrative jobs back home. The protagonist, Teresa, is overweight.
Not necessarily love, but something in between lust and love. But throughout we see that for many of these women the sex is not completely detached. Often on a family member who suddenly comes down with some sort of ailment.
The stories are elaborate. Soon Teresa realised that sex is but a business. No strings are ever really attached and the sex is, inevitably, empty. But are these women sex hungry cougars preying on young, impoverished local men or are these mutually beneficial cash-for-services-rendered exchanges between consenting adults? Middle-aged women actively engaging in sex tourism, hoping to fulfill a need that simply cannot be satisfied back home might be seen as predatory by some, while others simply view this as sad.
This is what is sold to tourists companies -- a kind of return to a colonial past, where white women are served, serviced, and pampered by black minions," says Nottinghan University's Davidson. While Transnational Law Blog questions this strategy, saying: That must be it! These older, rich white women want slaves! I was way off in thinking that they were looking for some companionship or that they might be lonely, and I really missed the mark when I thought some of these cougars just want some good, hot sex.
The women have slight financial power, but are not perceived as players with lots of agency. They are middle-aged, usually overweight, conventionally unattractive and therefore are punished in a way that men, no matter their physical appearance or financial status, have never experienced. By not exploring these relationships, because they are female-driven exchanges, again reiterates the notion that women are not sexual catalysts able to choose how they engage sexually.