He showered me with compliments about my legs, my hair, how I smelled, everything.He even said he liked my accent.” Barbara’s previous marriage had been abusive and damaging, leaving her feeling “worthless and like no man would ever look at me again.” The markets for prostitution have expanded rapidly since poorer regions in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa have become popular with well-off tourists from the west in recent decades.Expressions such as “sexual paradise” and “fantasy Island” are bandied about and these places turn into notorious hot spots for sex tourism.Paradise: Love is part of a trilogy by the Austrian writer and director Ulrich Seidl.It depicts the apartheid-like conditions at a resort in Kenya, where the beach boys stand in line outside a hotel waiting for a white woman to “romance”, while a security guard ensures they do not cross the physical and symbolic line that divides their turf from the plush grounds.That echoes what I saw when I visited Negril back in 2003.The resort town’s biggest attraction for tourists is its four miles of stunning white sand.
Most of the women involved are looking for attention and excitement but end up, often without realising it, being one half of a prostitution deal.
She had fantasies about sunbathing on white sand and swimming in a clear blue sea, but no plans for a holiday romance.
Her destination was an all-inclusive resort in Negril, on the western tip of Jamaica, one of the biggest destinations for female sex tourism. – there he was,” she tells me over the phone from her home town of Sheffield. His locks were down his back and his legs were like a footballer’s.
“I ended up paying for everything and once, when I refused, he told me he could pick up any white woman he wanted who would be happy to give him money.” Despite this, she remained under the illusion until the end of her holiday that Chris was her boyfriend.
She says now: “If he pretended to fancy me when we were together and just slept with me for money, does that make him a prostitute – or just a lying bastard?“At first he insisted on paying for everything, but after a couple of days he said he was owed money by a business contact and I had to bankroll him until it came through.” Barbara is on an administrator’s salary in the UK but one night in her 0 hotel would cost a porter four weeks’ wages.