By Jeremy Clarke. 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. Picture taken November 15, Also, the health risks are stark in a country with an AIDS prevalence of 6.
The white beaches of the Indian Ocean coast stretched before the friends as they both walked arm-in-arm with young African men, Allie resting her white haired-head on the shoulder of her companion, a six-foot-four year-old from the Maasai tribe. He wore new sunglasses he said were a gift from her.
Older white women kenya's sex tourists
She was still wearing her bikini top, having just pulled on a pair of jeans and a necklace of traditional African be. She kept one eye on her date -- a year-old playing pool, a red bandana tying back dreadlocks and new-looking sports shoes on his feet.
He looked up and came to her at the table, kissing her, then collecting more coins for the pool game. Grieves-Cook and many hotel managers say they are doing all they can to discourage the practice of older women picking up local boys, arguing it is far from the type of tourism they want to encourage in the east African nation.
We are percent against anything illegal, such as prostitution. These same beaches have long been notorious for attracting another type of sex tourists -- those who abuse children.
Emerging alongside this black market trade -- and obvious in the bars and on the sand once the sun goes down -- are thousands of elderly white women hoping for romantic, and legal, encounters with much younger Kenyan men. They go dining at fine restaurants, then dancing, and back to expensive hotel rooms overlooking the coast.
But these old women followed Experts say some thrive on the social status and financial power that comes from taking much poorer, younger lovers. Many of the visitors are on the lookout for men like Joseph. Flashing a dazzling smile and built like an Olympic basketball star, the year-old said he has slept with more than white women, most of them 30 years his senior.
At one club, a group of about 25 dancing men -- most of them Joseph look-alikes -- edge closer and closer to a crowd of more than a dozen white women, all in their autumn years. I buy him a nice shirt and we go out for dinner.
How is that different from a man buying a young girl dinner? Oddly Enough Updated.