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. The scene - from the controversial new French film, Heading South, which opened this weekend, starring Charlotte Rampling, makes us confront uncomfortable truths about sexuality in a globalised world, and the legacy of colonialism. In the film, an intelligent, provocative take on sex tourism in the lates, Rampling plays Ellen, an American professor, who spends every summer at a private resort in Haiti, where beautiful, muscled black boys are available to the female clientele, mostly affluent single women in their forties, who despair of finding mates through more conventional means. Fast-forward 30 years, and the reality of sex tourism is anything but tender.
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The following correction was printed in the Observer's For the record column, Sunday July 30 The article below describes the Jamaican flag as bright green, red and yellow. This is Ethiopia's flag, favoured by Jamaica's Rastafarians. Jamaica's flag is green, yellow and black. We're businessmen,' says Leroy proudly. It's a traditional male Jamaican greeting expressing good wishes, friendship and respect.
Prostitution in Jamaica is illegal but widely tolerated,   especially in tourist areas. The island is a destination for sex tourism. Sex trafficking is a problem in the country. Female prostitutes solicit from their homes or join customers in their hotel rooms or private homes. A number of prostitutes dance in adult night clubs and a percentage of them are from other countries. These imported prostitutes work in the more sophisticated night clubs in Kingston , which cater mainly to tourists , foreign workers, diplomats and affluent locals. Other clubs have mostly local prostitutes, some of whom have regular day jobs. Massage parlours in Jamaica sometimes operate as fronts for brothels.
By Julie Bindel. The men are invariably from impoverished families, have little or no education and are sometimes illiterate. According to the beach boys, there is little shame or stigma in selling sex to older white female tourists, and some claim earning money this way affirms their masculinity photo from the film Paradise Love. Most of the women are white, middle-aged or older and come from Europe and North America.