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Youth activist reports upsurge in male prostitution in Barbados

Men in Barbados are now said to be making significant inroads into one of the oldest professions known to women – prostitution.

According to youth activist and Director of Drug Education and Counseling Services (DECS) Roger Husbands the offering of sexual favours for money is just as prevalent these days among men as it is among women, especially in areas in and around The City at night.

Husbands spoke during a press conference at the DECS’ Bay Street, St Michael headquarters at which he blamed the upsurge in male prostitution on the economic situation. He said many of those he spoke to said it was a last resort for them but they were in need of the money.

The DECS head further revealed that several married men were among those buying services.

“I know fellas who are not in my programme but they are out there selling their bodies just to survive,” Husbands told reporters.

He said “a lot of youngsters come [to this facility] and they talk to you. When I talk to some of them, it is about quick money; they just want money now.

“One fella said to me that one man introduced him to the option of having sex for money and he has a girlfriend and a child that he cannot support . . . so he went and had sex with the man and then it became one day, and then three times, and then four times.”

Husbands said the man also introduced the male prostitute to other men and now he was having sex with other men as well, as he tried to support “not only his child but his girlfriend and where they live”.

The DECS head said that while he had no empirical evidence, he was aware that the trend was becoming a societal issue and needed to be looked into by officials.

“Some people know about this already and they see it. I go and speak at churches and workshops and I bring up this issue and people already know what I am talking about. It is a reality that this is a problem in our society.

“It is happening and it is increasing whether it increases by two or three males a year going to do this. Fellas are finding ways however necessary to get money and they don’t care what they have to do. As one fella says, ‘it is all about eating and survival’.”

The outspoken youth activist added: “If you go into Bridgetown you would see some of them standing up there waiting for men to come up in their cars. Some of them walk all around and flag down cars to get favours from men. So they won’t do it early on mornings but late at nights into the wee hours of the morning making an industry for themselves.”

Husbands said one young man told him he makes a $1,000 a night on sexual favours “so you have these issues that are out there and need to be addressed”.

The youth activist pointed out that he did not have the solution to this problem. However, he believed that young males needed to be empowered and it should start in the school system. He said while he was hearing from these young men that they were not finding moral jobs, he often urged them to seek employment overseas.

“I have spoken to my young people about traveling and working overseas because you can go overseas and find jobs,” he said.

He also commented: “I still do not understand how it is that a boy can leave primary school, secondary school and still cannot read and write. I have them in here that don’t have the basic knowledge of how to read and write. So we need to go back to our education system and find out what is going on.

“I saw a report [card] the other day that had 38 per cent and that person came first, so at the end of the day we [have] got problems with our education sector too. But we would wait for somebody to come from overseas and evaluate to tell us that we have problems.

anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb 

 

14 Responses to CALL GUYS

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 17, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Its about time women get back something from men,u can call Tyrone …

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  2. Sheri Veronica
    Sheri Veronica July 17, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Nothing new here… #NakedDeparture

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  3. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson July 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

    a little late on the topic

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  4. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis July 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Roger is a little slow….the problem is you have 13-14 yr old boys engaging in prostitution for a pair of Jordans or a North Face bag….and NO parents asking where they came from. There are even boys trading sex with business owners for services. Politicians are exempt from solicitation either.

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  5. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale July 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    So if this news story says that men are offering sexual favours for money with other men in Barbados specially in the capital of Barbados, than under the constitution of Barbados homosexuality is illegal and can lead to life imprisonment.

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes July 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Homosexuality is not illegal under the constitution, nor can it lead to life imprisonment.
      But I guess there are those out there that would say I am arguing semantics right now. Buggery =/= homosexuality.

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes July 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Homosexuality is not illegal under the constitution, nor can it lead to life imprisonment.
      But I guess there are those out there that would say I am arguing semantics right now. Buggery =/= homosexuality.

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    • Derek Gale
      Derek Gale July 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Homosexuality is illegal in Barbados under the constitution of Barbados and can lead to life imprisonment I am afraid, K Tremaine Gilkes.

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    • Derek Gale
      Derek Gale July 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Homosexuality is illegal in Barbados under the constitution of Barbados and can lead to life imprisonment I am afraid, K Tremaine Gilkes.

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  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 17, 2014 at 11:28 am

    So this story about men selling back now I understand what the head line means,this is a topic in which people or two face about its a lifestyle that’s accepted by society as the normal,but when guys hanging out drinking an smoking little weed people condemn does people because y’all or hypothetical about right an wrong,if u see nothing wrong with open same sex relationships then u have no right to say its wrong for a person to smoke his/her weeds,this is the point that people or overlooking every time,if men or having homosexual lifestyles then a man smoking a little weed should never be in trouble by the law that’s what u call injustice of law an human rights…. …

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  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

    If ur telling me that its OK for a man to have sex with a man,but on the other hand a man smoking a dry plant is wrong then our society is full of hypocrites,an ur judging wrong judgment….

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  8. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale July 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Homosexuality is illegal in Barbados under the constitution of Barbados and can lead to life imprisonment I am afraid, K Tremaine Gilkes.

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  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! Ass for Cash. Make them pay tax ‘on the spot collection’ the funds will be used for their medical care.

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  10. Patrick Blackman July 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Is the problem prostitution or the fact that it is homosexual in nature? Bajan need to stop being so homophobic

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