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Female sex tourism: for love or money? In a series of stories, GlobalPost looks at the women of means who find "romance" on vacation from Jamaica to Jordan to West Africa. DAKAR, Senegal — Women — often white, European and "of a certain age" — flock solo to Senegal's shores year-round for what one hotel manager called "the three 'S's: sun, sea and sex.
The growth of Senegal's female sex tourism has its roots in poverty and the lack of jobs for the country's young men.
Life is hard. Moussa flipped through a stack of photos. In one image, an overweight, Spanish woman — his first "girlfriend" — has her arms around his small frame. They pay for everything. We have sex.
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Before they leave, they give me a bit cash to help me out. Some call it male prostitution, while others say it's just women doing what middle-aged men have been doing for centuries: Taking up with someone half their age and giving that new friend an all-expenses-paid ride in exchange for sex and a new lease on life.
Moussa meets tourists primarily through referrals and friends of friends. But, others in Senegal say it is not that innocent. It's exploitation on both sides, they say, and sex tourism has sullied the country's reputation and corrupted its youth. But, closing up his shop back in Dakar to head off to drum practice, Moussa said he's not worried about what other people think. The woman who will get me a visa and a plane ticket out of here.
The resort town of Saly, on the Atlantic coast, 55 miles south of Dakar, bears the dubious distinction as the epicenter of sex tourism in Senegal. Middle-aged and elderly female tourists are a quick payday for young men — often called gigolos or antiquaires, originally souvenir vendors — who work out shirtless on the beaches and preen in the nightclubs. It's a hustle, locals said, and the older the woman, the better.
Last spring, the French news program, "66 Minutes," investigated female sex tourism in Saly and the growing of marriages between European women and local men, often with vast age differences. Going undercover, female reporters recorded via hidden camera the young men propositioning them on the beach. They later translated discussions the men had with each other in Wolof, Senegal's main ethnic language. When I got here, I saw immediately that you had spotted these two white ladies," said one guy walking past a friend who is chatting up the reporters.
Needless to say, Saly's residents were not pleased with the story's release and have become rather wary of the media. It was a Saturday around 1 a. Inside, female prostitutes, some wearing more makeup than clothes, ringed the club's perimeter. The club's strobe lights skittered across a stout, middle-aged woman's smiling face, pressed against a young Senegalese man's chest. A petite woman, her dry chin-length bob bleached almost the same color as her tan tube top, inched out on the dance floor with a stiff side-step.
A tall, dapper Senegalese man in a blue dress shirt and pressed jeans approached and they began to dance, palms pressed together between them. The DJ switched to salsa, and the man pulled her in. Over the course of two songs, his hands drifted from her shoulder blades to the small of her back. They were swaying in unison, pelvises pressed together. The only thing separating them now was about 25 years.
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Senegalese tourism has grown from modest s in the s when the first Club Med opened on the coast. More thantourists came to Senegal last year, according to government statistics. Emphasizing the importance of tourism in Senegal, President Abdoulaye Wade set a goal of attracting 1. However, those working in the tourism industry say that figure is still far-off and blame the world economic crisis and rising airfare costs for a recent downturn in visitors.
But the female tourists looking for romance are still coming. There are no figures about how many indulge in sex tourism, but there are enough to support nightclubs like Les Etages. Hotel manager Cheikh Ba said arriving guests ask him where Les Etages is before asking about the beach or even getting their room keys.
Peak season in Saly is between November and April. Hotel managers complain of the downturn in business. They say some tourists now prefer to rent vacation homes where they can go about their business in private. You say to yourself, well, I could do that too. Half his paycheck goes to rent and he stretches the other half to cover his living expenses and to send funds to his elderly mother in Ivory Coast. I would never have started this. She was there on vacation. They were staying in the same hotel.
I refused. It was weird. It was my friends who explained to me that she was interested. When he returned to Dakar, she cried. Though hesitant, Pape agreed to meet her the next weekend in Zigunchor, a coastal city in Casamance.
Since then, they Skype and talk on the phone. During her most recent visit last month, they traveled along the coast, passing through Saly.
I began to question my morality. What are you doing with this old woman? She could be your mom. She complained. She says she loves me.
She has helped me a lot, so now I feel like I have to give her something. I tell her I can't continue like this. She offers me money. The woman says she has found him an internship in Holland and offered to buy him a plane ticket. Years ago at a club in the Gambia, Pape saw a young man gyrating sexily in front of three old white women. One of the women reached out and patted his butt before shaking her head no, like it was a piece of fruit in the market.
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