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Zanzibar: Where women come to buy sex


Zanzibar: A favorite tourist destination with European women for one reason. Sexual services by eager African men for money.

Fake fancy Maasai, Stonetown, Tanzania  |  Image source and courtesy - travelpod.com  |  Click or source image.

Fake fancy Maasai, Stonetown, Tanzania | Image source and courtesy - travelpod.com | Click or source image.

Less known

Commercial sex provided by women is well understood and covered by media.

Much less discussed and known is commercial sex bought by women.

Probably the global capital of this industry are the beaches of Zanzibar – an autonomous region of Tanzania.

European women

tourists come here, “have fun” the week or two weeks they’re here by exploiting young men or women eager to earn some money. Perhaps I should be more explicit about the nature of the exploitation tourists bring here. The disturbing fact is that many tourists come here and rent “guides” who are nothing more than sex workers. Most of the sex workers, believe it or not, are young men, who have no good education or job prospect. And it is the women from Europe (mostly) who come here to have fun with these young, hungry men. If pedophile men from Europe and North America go to Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam to have sex with children, women from Europe and North America come here to Zanzibar to do the same (although technically consensual) thing. You know that shy woman (perhaps her name is Cheryl) sitting in the next cubical workstation who seems to avoid humanity is not so shy when she takes her vacation in Zanzibar.(via Zanzibar: Paradise in Peril (Take that CNN!) « The East African Philosopher).

sex tourism that I’ve seen in the island is a strange phenomenon of the overall tourism trend in the island. First, most people don’t call it sex tourism because the predominant tourists who engage in the exchange of sex for benefit (whether money, food or other gifts, or a combination) are women. If the majority of the people that were doing this were men then you would have already seen the outrage in the press and government crackdown. Second, since these tourists “rent” beach boys (again, it is very hard for men to get away with this as easily as the women) as a local guide, the sex part isn’t obvious but is an acknowledged fact. Thirdly, the majority of these men are outsiders i.e. from the mainland, being with a beach boy and using a beach boy is not a big deal anymore. It is just something that happens and has that feel of “if it is not my brother, son, uncle, etc doing then it is not my problem” attitude. (via Zanzibar: Paradise in Peril (Take that CNN!) « The East African Philosopher).

A Fake Masai Warrior targets 'weak' European women on Zanzibar's beaches  |  Image by Lotte Vermeij; courtesy - radionetherlands.nl  |  Click for source image.

A Fake Masai Warrior targets 'weak' European women on Zanzibar's beaches | Image by Lotte Vermeij; courtesy - radionetherlands.nl | Click for source image.

Lovelorn and ‘money-lorn’

Women from West Europe, especially from Italy, Netherlands support Zanzibar’s thriving commercial sex industry.

Young African men, sometimes just children, are the main suppliers of sex. Locally known as mzungu women, it comes from the Swahili word for “white people”, derived from Mzungu kati meaning “wandering around in circles, going nowhere.”

Urban legends?

Masai tribesmen have acquired a reputation with mzungu women for their ‘performance’. Young boys, wishing to snare mzungu women in Zanzibar, cultivate Masai get-ups.

Especially, after story of ‘The White Masai’.

Corinne Hofmann, a Swiss tourist in 1986, then 26 years, dumped her boyfriend, and married Lketinga, a Masai, who danced for tourists. In 1998, her book, ‘The White Masai‘ was published in 1998, and achieved commercial success. Translated into more than 15 languages, ‘The White Masai‘ was made into a film, Die Weisse Massai (The White Massai) in 2004.

Still from the film, The White Masai  |  Image source& courtesy - powerofculture.nl  |  Click for source image.

Still from the film, The White Masai | Image source& courtesy - powerofculture.nl | Click for source image.

Understandably, ‘usage’ in these cases is a two-way street.

Corrinne Hofmann earned millions from this ‘adventure’. Her Masai husband got some money – from his ‘generous’ wife.

But, if you believe Western media, it is the clever African men, who ‘exploit’ these weak European women.

Business as usual

Travel agencies around Africa, not very discreetly, promote this kind of tourism.

Western media, specifically English, has maintained a stoic silence, mostly – with a patronizing advice sometimes.

As can be expected, drugs are a part of the local scene.


  1. Edgard Chizungu
    August 11, 2013 at 7:30 am

    hi I need a white woman for serious relationship

  2. Edmund Brown
    December 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Hi I’m looking I need a white woman for serious relationship

  3. Erika
    June 1, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Hmm sökte på white masai och fick mest fram info om sexturism förstår att ni har haft god service av unga män Jag har förresten sett filmen den vita masaien kom jag på när jag läste om den

  4. michael j nandi
    August 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    hi am a Zanzibarian man of 26y i live Zanzibar town i seek for white woman for serials relationship

  5. dodo46i
    February 11, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Erica, är filmen bra, men varför gör jag du kom i stället för boken / filmen !?

  6. dodo46i
    February 11, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Erica, är filmen bra, men varför gör jag du kom i stället för boken / filmen !? om ni inte har något emot, kolla mig

  7. Baigharat girl from defense
    May 20, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Zanzibar is no longer associated with white men or women only. It is now a fast-paced sex industry term that has equally influenced Pakistani, Indians and other South Asian Girls who are in particular in the need of men to have sex and in return want food, money and other sex-related benefits. It is also the flabbergasting fact that most girls in their early and late tween travel from Pakistan to such destinations where they find such activities common. Pataya beach, Miami beach and many other spots in Thailand, Philippines and South Asian destinations have been known for the same. These girls offer themselves for sex with any tourists imitating as professional sex workers.

  8. Msabila Charles
    August 26, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I would like to get a white woman whom I can play sex with! I am in Dar es salaam! Tanzania!

  9. tomas
    December 13, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I am planning to visit Zanzibar soon……….eagerly waiting for a female partner from Europe or America to join me in this tour. Mail me {tomas_bangla@yahoo.com}

  10. Joseph thopaco
    January 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    i need a white,english speaking girl,respectful and beutiful for sex and ready to come to gulu northern uganda for sex fun.

  11. Terry
    July 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Hope to meet a white woman in Zanzibar for some adult fun. I’m a South African. Will be embarking on my solo trip between 3-9 August. Email thabothamae0@gmail.com

  12. Hanekkrama
    August 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Hi am a Nigeria that love having fun and wish to meet a fun loving white american or European woman you can reach me through this mail below akinwumi473@gmail.com

  13. patrick
    August 24, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    hi, i’m patrick, a black african man seeking a whitewomen for sex. i ‘m gonna show you. i’m available in Dar es salaam, Tanga and zanzibar.

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