Prostitution in Jamaica

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Prostitution in Jamaica is illegal but widely tolerated.[1][2]

Prostitution in practice[edit]

Female prostitutes solicit from their homes or join customers in their hotel rooms or private homes. A number of prostitutes dance in adult night clubs and a percentage of them are from other countries. These imported prostitutes work in the more sophisticated night clubs in Kingston, which cater mainly to tourists, foreign workers, diplomats and affluent locals. Other clubs have mostly local prostitutes, some of whom have regular day jobs.[3]

Massage parlours in Jamaica sometimes operate as fronts for brothels. These are well advertised in local pornographic magazines and in official newspapers.

Gay prostitutes can be found working in hotels as entertainment coordinators. Blatant male prostitution is rare, since the homophobic nature of the country makes male prostitutes generally conduct their business in more subtle ways. Still, some male prostitutes have been seen soliciting in the streets.

In the tourist areas of Montego Bay and Ochio Rios, prostitutes, and other citizens, sometimes solicit themselves in the hopes of gaining a connection via their client, with whom they will later travel to a developed country. Sexual favors are often the result and money will be exchanged. Some of these result in long-term relationships.

Child prostitution[edit]

Economic difficulties and social pressures contribute to the prevalence of child prostitution. A 2001 study funded by ILO-IPEC found that children as young as 10 years old engage in prostitution catering to tourists. Young girls are hired by “go-go” clubs or massage parlors. Children are also trafficked internally for sexual exploitation.[4] Street children also engage in prostitution.

Current situation[edit]

Prostitution is currently still an activity in Jamaica. The idea of "fast money"[5] is in high demand when dealing with underground sex tourism. Masking this act inside of massage parlours only makes it easier for young teens to exploit themselves. In 2011, a young woman, Shequanda Summers, an alias she must use to hide her identity, was one of the many young women who have chosen this lifestyle of prostituting through "massage parlours."

Prostitution has become even more secretive and questionable as it continues. Not only do many hide their identity and lifestyle, but there is some indication that the young girls are being held against their will.[6] This, in turn, could be deemed as human trafficking.

Government involvement[edit]

Jamaica's government claims to have a plan to completely eliminate human trafficking. Jamaica is currently in Tier-2 status, meaning that their government does not fully comply with the minimum standard set out in the U.S. Trafficking Victims Prevention Act, but that they have made significant progress in their attempts to meet those standards.[7]


  1. ^ Women who travel for sex: Sun, sea and gigolos - Home News, UK. The Independent (2006-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
  2. ^ "Jamaica News". Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Women who travel for sex: Sun, sea and gigolos - Home News, UK. The Independent (2006-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
  4. ^ Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) - U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
  5. ^ Reid, Tyrone. "A PERSONAL STORY - Teen prostitute speaks". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  6. ^ Reid, Tyrone. "World News Lifestyle In Focus Auto Social Outlook Food Art & Leisure Classifieds Jobs Photos Radio A PERSONAL STORY - Teen prostitute speaks". 
  7. ^ "Jamaica not hard enough on human traffickers - US State Department". Retrieved 2012-11-30.

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