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.Fascinated by the country, Klougart spent her nights and weekends travelling the country in search of stories.
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.
Klougart began documenting the affairs of the many women she met on the beaches of Kenya who introduced her to the sometimes troubling and sometimes empowering world of women who go after exactly what they want and nothing more.
Klougart shared a number of the photos with us here, but you can see the rest at her website.
Klougart first came across “romance tourism” while she was walking along the beaches of Mombasa, Kenya.
There she saw older, single, white women, who were often surrounded by young Kenyans.
“It was very easy to spot,” Klougart told Business Insider.
The hotels in Mombasa were full of European travelers, both male and female, travelling alone.
Everyone at the hotels, from the receptionists to the help, was aware of relationships between those in the hotel and the locals, according to Klougart.
Klougart met her first subject, Louise, on the beach. ” Louise was in a relationship with two different Kenyan men and introduced Klougart to many of the women in the area.