A generator thumps a little way off to power a projector and on a fabric screen a film plays in which a young girl is groomed by an older man with a gift of a mobile phone. After the screening Samba Njie, youth co-ordinator with the Child Protection Alliance, a Gambian NGO in partnership with the British development agency Child Hope – one of the charities supported by this year's Independent Appeal – addresses the young audience."Now we are getting to the tourist season," he says, speaking in the local Wolof language.
"There are some tourists who come here to abuse young children. Tiny Gambia, a former British colony surrounded inland by former French possession Senegal, has a complicated relationship with the West.
"One type of sex tourist attracted the other," said one manager at a shorefront bar on Mombasa's Bamburi beach.He then began asking me for money, time and time again. Secondly, on return from my trip I considered undertaking some charity work in the country, to build a school was one idea, but since speaking to people undertaking similar projects and researching on the internet I have heard many, many horror stories, and therefore have decided that I am not in a position at the moment to do such work.In my previous post I discussed how many (often of an older age) women appear to travel to the Gambia in search of a young, fit African man. However my research has shown that the benefits for the men far outweigh those to the women.Allie and Bethan -- who both declined to give their full names -- said they planned to spend a whole month touring Kenya's palm-fringed beaches.They would do well to avoid the country's tourism officials."It's not evil," said Jake Grieves-Cook, chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board, when asked about the practice of older rich women traveling for sex with young Kenyan men."But it's certainly something we frown upon."Also, the health risks are stark in a country with an AIDS prevalence of 6.9 percent.