An attractive woman sips a cocktail under a bamboo shade. The sand is dazzlingly white, the sea aquamarine. A handsome young man approaches her and showers her with compliments: she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, he says. For the first time in years, she truly believes she is desirable. But this holiday romance is not all it seems. The woman is white, in her late 50s; the man, black, 18 - and paid for his attentions.
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To respond to this, they invariably argue, the Jamaican government must take a stronger stand against the criminals involved. Few policymakers or journalists take the time to ask sex workers if they agree with the policies created in the name of protecting them. Our recent research suggests they do not. We interviewed sex workers about the problems they face when doing their job and whether they believe tougher law and increased law enforcement would solve these problems. SWAJ also conducted a survey of sex workers about the violence they face in the course of their work. Criminalisation and stigmatisation mean that when people are raped, beaten, cheated or robbed, they cannot turn to the police for protection or justice. We are still working through our data, but several findings are already clear.
Talking trafficking with Jamaican sex workers
Female sex tourism is sex tourism by women who travel intending to engage in sexual activities with one or more locals, usually male sex workers. Female sex tourists may seek aspects of the sexual relationship not shared by male sex tourists, such as perceived romance and intimacy. Female sex tourism occurs in diverse regions of the world.
Down in Jamaica, there's a place aptly named Hedonism II that features a special brand of inhibition-free "adult" resort action. While this all-inclusive getaway offers your usual all-you-can-eat-and-drink beach-side fun in the sun, there's also a "clothing optional" policy, mirrors above all the beds, and a strong emphasis on pleasure of the "anything goes" variety. After catching wind of this utopia for the undressed, we checked out their website , only to find it oozing with the sort of over-the-top descriptions normally reserved for bodice-ripper paperback novels with an equally ripped Fabio flexing on the cover. Things like, "It's what happens when you combine warm water, a white-sand beach, open bars, and open minds," "In these lush gardens of pure pleasure, the word "no" is seldom heard," and "Push the boundaries of human pleasure" are standard fare. Heady stuff, right?