I am tired of reading about the exotic hook-ups of white women in the travel groups on Facebook. Let’s be honest, they are just writing about another form of sex tourism. Female Sex Tourism, like most other subjects in the travel blogging space, white women’s escapades through the colored world dominate the conversation. They are the female face of sex tourism—the white woman of a certain age or the overweight white twenty-something who runs off to Jamaica or Zanzibar in search of some attention from a well-fit young Black man. Don’t sleep—sisters are doing it too. To be clear, this article is not about the women and children who are victims of sex trafficking—it is the about men who by choice or necessity sell their time and bodies to tourist women of all colors, shapes, and ages.
Do you prefer calling it a beach fling, vacation romance, sexcapade, or close encounter of the Third World kind? Female sex tourism is on the rise especially with the women dominated international Black travel movement. A roll in the sand with Dexter Saint Jock to get over recent heartbreak, and that 5-day vacation hookup both fall within the sex tourism spectrum. I am not judging anyone’s choices—own your sexuality. But, I do hope that if this is your choice you do it safely. With female condoms widely available and the ability to put them in up to eight hours before intercourse that tipsy trip back to your cabana after a little wind-me, wind-me should be safe and on your terms.
“Women enjoy casual sex and prostitution, too, but with far more hypocrisy.”
When contemplating the larger picture of what you leave behind after your trip to Cuba, even where money has not directly exchanged hands, the action of taking care of your Latin lover can have rippling effects within the local community. While you may see it as “romantical”, is it really anything more than a rent-a-date? Do you speak his language or only hear his professions of your beauty and his love of your ? Are you only hanging out in tourist zones where without you, he would not be welcomed? What do you know about his family, kids, girlfriend, or wife? Nirpal Dhaliwal, author of Tourism says, “Women enjoy casual sex and prostitution, too, but with far more hypocrisy. They help themselves to men in the developing world, kidding themselves that it’s a ‘holiday romance’ that has nothing to do with the money they spend.”
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