When she inquired with one of the women, she found that she was witnessing what many call “romance tourism” — lonely men and women who travel to impoverished countries in search of companionship and locals who willingly oblige, in exchange for gifts, free meals, and, sometimes, cold hard cash.
IN 2009, SOFIE Amalie Klougart traveled to Mombasa, Kenya with a non-profit organisation.
Her day job was to document Action Aid’s numerous efforts to alleviate poverty in the country.
"I decided to stay on the website." Laila hasn't looked back since Peter and now she uses the online dating website as her primary way of meeting toyboys. She says, "Older women have everything they need in life. In my mother's generation for example, it was a different situation. "Can you imagine how different I would look now if I was with an older man?
"My mother had to rely on my father for everything and she didn't have the freedom in middle-age that I have now.
Laila claims to have dated over thirty toyboys in her life.
She meets most of them through online dating website Toy Boy or when she is on a night out."We met when I was seventeen and we married each other a decade later."Although even Marcus was two years younger than me - I like to consider him my first toyboy," says Laila cheekily. "But now Marcus was telling me he wanted to leave me for a woman in her early thirties who was thinner, taller and prettier than me. "Marcus walking out on me made me really think about what I deserved in life and from men." And a few weeks later, the now 41-year-old divorcee met a handsome 21-year-old army officer called David.In fact, Laila - with her youthful looks and vivacious lifestyle - has found herself to be the object of envy of certain younger women.Laila, who turns 62 next year, says: "A group of twenty-something women became jealous of me when their boyfriends remarked that I was attractive.Fascinated by the country, Klougart spent her nights and weekends travelling the country in search of stories.While visiting the country’s numerous beautiful beaches, Ama was struck by the many older European women she saw carousing with young Kenyans."The girls made some nasty comments regarding my body, saying that it must be wrinkly under my clothes."So to show them, I took some racy photos of me in my swimwear and posted them to Facebook! Her adult life started largely conventionally when she married her childhood sweetheart, Marcus, when she was twenty-seven-years old.There she saw older, single, white women, who were often surrounded by young Kenyans.“It was very easy to spot,” Klougart told Business Insider.