“They like men with rastas who play the djembes [drums]. Before they leave, they give me a bit cash to help me out." Some call it male prostitution, while others say it's just women doing what middle-aged men have been doing for centuries: Taking up with someone half their age and giving that new friend an all-expenses-paid ride in exchange for sex and a new lease on life.

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DAKAR, Senegal — Women — often white, European and "of a certain age" — flock solo to Senegal's shores year-round for what one hotel manager called "the three 'S's: sun, sea and sex." The growth of Senegal's female sex tourism has its roots in poverty and the lack of jobs for the country's young men. If I didn’t have these women, I’d be struggling," said Moussa, a 31-year-old dreadlocked drum player who has been "dating" female tourists since 2003. It’s part of the ambiance.” "Besides," he added with a sly smile, "they know men who play the drums are powerful in bed." Moussa flipped through a stack of photos. Moussa meets tourists primarily through referrals and friends of friends.

Senegal's unemployment for youths is estimated at 30 percent, according to the International Labor Organization, and the average person in Senegal earns about $3 a day, according to the World Bank. In one image, an overweight, Spanish woman — his first "girlfriend" — has her arms around his small frame. Another photo is a self-taken shot of him with an Italian woman who he said gave him the $650 to open his souvenir shop in Dakar where we now sit, drinking spicy Touba coffee. He sees himself as “a tourism guide who offers some extra services,” that include sex and at times helping male tourists negotiate evenings with female prostitutes.

It's exploitation on both sides, they say, and sex tourism has sullied the country's reputation and corrupted its youth.

But, closing up his shop back in Dakar to head off to drum practice, Moussa said he's not worried about what other people think.

They later translated discussions the men had with each other in Wolof, Senegal's main ethnic language. When I got here, I saw immediately that you had spotted these two white ladies," said one guy walking past a friend who is chatting up the reporters. The club's strobe lights skittered across a stout, middle-aged woman's smiling face, pressed against a young Senegalese man's chest. A petite woman, her dry chin-length bob bleached almost the same color as her tan tube top, inched out on the dance floor with a stiff side-step.

A tall, dapper Senegalese man in a blue dress shirt and pressed jeans approached and they began to dance, palms pressed together between them.The 30-year-old has a job in Dakar that pays him 0 a month.Half his paycheck goes to rent and he stretches the other half to cover his living expenses and to send funds to his elderly mother in Ivory Coast. The woman says she has found him an internship in Holland and offered to buy him a plane ticket.Locals aren’t sure if sex tourism has actually increased in Saly or if it has simply become more visible in recent years.Senegalese tourism has grown from modest numbers in the 1970s when the first Club Med opened on the coast.More than 500,000 tourists came to Senegal last year, according to government statistics.