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Book, movie and play focus on female sex tourism

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Book, movie and play focus on female sex tourism

Baltimore, MD -- July 25, 2006 -- If you think the idea of women traveling to the Caribbean for sex is just confined to the movie Heading South -- think again!

An estimated 600,000 Western women have engaged in travel sex from 1980 to the present. About one in 30 holiday encounters leads to a lasting relationship.

Featuring Charlotte Rampling as one of a trio of female sex tourists in Haiti in the 1970s, Heading South can be expected to increase the number of women seeking holiday romances.

The play Sugar Mummies, slated to open in London next month, similarly features lots of sex between middle-aged women and the men they visit in Jamaica, and may further boost awareness of holiday flings in the Caribbean and worldwide.

"The Jamaican tourist board noted a quantifiable increase in trips to Jamaica after the 1998 release of the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back," notes Jeannette Belliveau, 52, the Baltimore, Md.-based author of Romance on the RoadRomance on the Road: Traveling Women Who Love Foreign Men.

"Heading South and Sugar Mummies are even more explicit looks at travel sex than Stella," Belliveau noted. "Heading South shows a whole group of women -- American, English and French Canadian -- interested in no-strings relationships with Caribbean guys.

"Whereas Stella might be taken as a movie about one American author's accidental romance on holiday," she added, "Heading South makes it clear that this is a mass phenomenon and a response to dating wars and man shortages at home.

"Overall, the film is a tremendously accurate look at female sex tourism."

Given Haiti's economic and health problems, Belliveau noted that "Heading South may encourage women to visit, rather than Haiti itself, the neighboring Dominican Republic, with its underground reputation for having men, many who are Haitian emigres, who want to give visiting women an unforgettable sexual experience."

Female sex tourism accurately captured in Heading South

Both Heading South, the film, and Romance on the Road, the book, touch on the engines propelling female sex tourism:

Basic facts about female sex tourism

(Please cite Romance on the Road: Traveling Women Who Love Foreign Men):

About the author

Jeannette Belliveau Jeannette Belliveau, right, a former editor at the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and a Jefferson Fellow who has studied Asia-Pacific issues, has written the only book to date on female sex tourism. She has been interviewed about female sex tourism by the New York Times, the Observer (London) and Woman magazine (UK), as well as French and Spanish documentary film-makers.

Her first book, An Amateur's Guide to the PlanetAn Amateur's Guide to the Planet, has been used by 30 colleges and universities to teach cultural geography.

Romance on the Road (Beau Monde Press, June 2006) received scholarly review from 25 authorities in five countries, including such experts on tourism and mating behavior as Donald Symons (UC-Santa Barbara), Scott South (SUNY-Albany), Erik Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Petri Hottola in Finland and Ron de Graaf in the Netherlands. See a list here.

For more information, contact Jeannette Belliveau. Free virtual media kit is available here.

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