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 late-1970s, 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.
“I have more respect for what I’m doing and the way I’m doing it. “It’s been going on for years, it’s not a new thing, it’s not just a 21st century thing.That said, after several days of observing the Kuta Beach boys for this story, I noticed their admirers were not usually women who would struggle to get a date with a man back home - most were young, attractive and socially adept. No wonder Western women see a Third World holiday as the gateway to casual sex - sometimes in exchange for cash.You can swim among native noodle packets and tropical-coloured plastic bags, you can get your toenails cut and your hair braided, and you can save a horse and ride a Kuta cowboy."Women come to us because they want to be respected, they want to be treated right" 'Brown Sugar' told me (that's what how he wanted me to name him in the story by the way).