Female sex tourists

So, the earlier NaBloPoMo post was short and I saw this article in Reuters, so I thought that I needed to have two posts today (as if one per day were not enough).

Older white women join Kenya’s sex tourists

By Jeremy Clarke

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – Bethan, 56, lives in southern England on the same street as best friend Allie, 64.

They are on their first holiday to Kenya, a country they say is “just full of big young boys who like us older girls.”

Hard figures are difficult to come by, but local people on the coast estimate that as many as one in five single women visiting from rich countries are in search of sex.

[Rest of article here] 



  1. Clare
    At least there is an element of honesty in this transaction. The women have the money and why should they not enjoy their fading years. It is quite normal in the UK where we call it the “grab a granny night”. The bonus from a male perspective is that these ladies now come along with their daughters to the night club, so at least if she is too ugly, the daughter might compensate.

    The downside is STD’s and the fact that these young men of Kenya are going to lose their personal identity and self respect by providing a gigolo service to these older women.

    They also will have no future in the way of education or career and therefore cannot contribute to the future economy of the nation.

    The clothes, footwear and adornments are only going to available while the man is young.

    The worst aspect I fear is that these men will lose respect for all the female white population and that cannot be good for society as a whole.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I can tend to be one-sided when thinking about certain situations, and I never thought about sex tourism from this perspective. Either way, it definitely is destructive to all parties.

    Keep shining the light where those choose not to look.

  3. white people kills millions of colored people around the world for $$$$$
    The kenya men do it for $$$$ all you do is close your eyes imagine you are with Beyonce! and go to the next.

  4. Winslie, I wonder if the transaction is somehow more honest than White Men going to Africa and hiring a local girlfriend for a month? I think in many ways prostitution is just as degrading regardless of gender. On the other hand, the power imbalance is different, so maybe there is a difference.

    David. Thanks! This is a side of sex tourism that I hadn’t really thought about either.

    John, huh? I could defiantly go into the intricacies of how racism controls policy and places value on lives differently (the same way I could do for gender imbalance, and economic status). That said, I don’t see how that is here nor there. Nor do I see how looking at (and condemning) sex tourism by White women in Kenya overlooks other atrocities. As for the rest of your comment, I would need clarification before I could even start to respond.

  5. Clare
    I agree! prostitution by the very nature of the transaction has to be degrading.
    Gender issues apart, the ultimate acid test is the dignity and self worth of the individual at the sharp end (no pun intended) of the transaction.

    In the case of some prostitutes there is inevitably the pimp.

    In the case of the virile young men of Kenya it is an immediate generator of personal wealth = Kudos back in the village where perhaps it is not known how he acquired that wealth. If it is known it is being ignored!

  6. It is not so bad as it seems . Once i watched a french movie which relatively discussed this issue. Iwant to know more about this issue.

  7. I do agree that this may have side effects but old ladies also should engoy their fading life.I am against misusing children and the dangers that may cause .If these old ladies want to have a sex ,they should have a safe sex . this is also good for economy of that country.

  8. ABI– I agree that aging women should continue to have a rich sex life if they so choose (and statistics show that sexual activity among the elderly and near elderly is on the rise). However, I continue to have a problem with buying another person. Especially the power differential (not to mention racial implications and health impact) of women going to Africa to buy a person (even if only for a little bit). All to often, I think that we look at the gender and agree that it is good– however, when you look at the sexism intrinsic in the statement, it is appalling.

  9. Clare- I do agree with you that buying another person is immoral. I think there is a social contract between these people . Two party agree . Whats wrong with that.

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