Sex trade in recession in Jamaica? $JA50 is the Right Price!


by Kavon Fiennes

In today’s Gleaner I read a letter from Brian-Paul Welsh who is concerned about a recession in the Jamaican sex trade (I got his sarcasm). Apparently there was an article recently in the Star (the Gleaner’s afternoon tabloid) highlighting the falling prices in the sex industry, prices as low as J$50 (US$0.50) per sex act, due to market newcomers (i.e. new prostitutes) in May Pen (a major town in central Jamaica and Capital of the parish of Clarendon). Lol! Why is Mr. Welsh concerned about falling prices in the sex trade? Competition is a good thing.

Mr. Welsh would have us believe that the falling prices are acts of desperation and “price gouging?”. To my understanding, in a free market (and the Jamaican sex trade is a relatively free market as there are no enforced government regulations, laws or rules) if you have a quality product, or in this case if you can provide superior services (better sexual offerings) that are desirable by the consumer and better than your competition, then you can maintain your price.

On the other hand, if you don’t have a better product, that is, if you have a similar product/service or if your product is of lesser quality and you wish to outdo a competitor then you must use a lower price point to get more customers coming to you if you want to enter the market, or survive in it.

Competition is good. It drives out bad products and services and leaves the better ‘stuff’ behind for the customer/consumer of the products/services (of the ladies of the night). This scenario playing out in May Pen is the beauty of the market in practice. What better example than this do we need? The market is a beautiful thing.

The consumer is KING in a competitive market, with many producers/providers who are selling/promoting/plying their goods/trade/services!….The whores of the sex trade seem to have a better understanding of market economics at the level of the street corners of our towns and cities than, sad to say, the whores of politics on Duke Street.

Mr. Welsh is concerned about where the market equilibrium will bottom out. I care not, the market is always right, no matter the outcome. What coital indicator Mr Welsh? J$50 is the right price.

Please read Welsh’s Letter and the Star article below.



  • Letter to the Editor, The Jamaica Gleaner

Even the Sex trade is in recession | April 16, 2013

In a recently published article in THE STAR (‘Buyers rush $50 sex’, April 12), according to some sex workers in May Pen, the cost per sex act has reportedly plummeted to J$50 per transaction (US$0.50) partly because of a flood of new competitors on the market whose wares are less price elastic.

This gouging of the price for coitus is an act of desperation as a result of the financial constraints currently being faced by the majority of the population. But as an unintended consequence, it has introduced a new level of volatility into the market, with most analysts unsure as to when and where exactly it will bottom out.

As the market finds equilibrium, it will mean much more work for the dancers and other adult entertainers for whom enthusiasm has always been such a fleeting quality (so I am reliably informed). They will have to work much longer and harder for much less money in order to keep their businesses viable.

This commotion has not gone unnoticed by the finance ministry, and in an effort to plug holes in the national Budget, a slew of new tax measures are reportedly being developed. Rumours of this have incensed the sex workers and strike action on a national scale is being planned.

Financial analysts have posited that the coital indicator may very well be the litmus test for the common man to fully appreciate the gravity of the economic situation our nation now faces.

If a bullet which takes life now costs far more than the act that creates it, we are truly screwed.







Cheap prostitutes are said to have taken over May Pen, Clarendon, boasting rates as low as $50, and are leveraging clients causing worrying concerns for other hookers and some female residents.

Exotic dancers who work in the few nightclubs in the town are also fuming, crying foul as they are going out of business because of the ridiculous offerings by the ‘cheap’ sex workers.

Some residents say prostitution in May Pen has taken on a different approach in recent times, as hookers no longer do so under disguise or wait until late at night to set up shop.

Residents held nothing back in expressing their disgust and pointed to the different areas where these workers prowl.

An irate resident told our news team of an encounter in which she was mistaken for a prostitute.S


“One day, nothing nah gwan so mi decide fi lock mi shop early. Mi deh a di bus stop a wait on a taxi and is a man pull up a mi foot and ask mi if mi ready and how much. Mi say, man, gwan ya, and him drive off. Mi couldn’t believe a suh it get out a hand, cause if yuh deh a di bus stop fi too long dem suspect yuh,” she said. “Dem a work fi bills ($100), all $50 some a dem a tek … nowhere ina Jamaica nuh bad suh. Yuh think a lie, just go ask di other people dem bout it, dem probably tell yuh more”.

The exotic dancers say according to their knowledge, the roadside hookers come from not only May Pen but Vere in Clarendon and Old Harbour, St Catherine.

“Roun’ 20, 30 gyal pan one road. Dem occupy Gordon Street and right in front the courthouse on Church Street. One a my regular client dem seh him ago stop come inna di club because him can go pan di roadside wid $1,000 and get blow-job, sex, anal and have enough money lef back fi buy liquor,” one revealed. “Di gyal dem pan di roadside will sex all inna di day but not a lot, mainly di handcart man dem will buy. Nuttin naa gwaan a May Pen, suh datz why people a sell fi all $300. Yuh can guh out deh and see all type a gyal, fat, mawga, slim, ugly, pretty anyting. Di club a get affected by it bad, caz di man dem a seh dem affi a pay fi come inna di club, and fi buy drink, so dem prefer to spend $500 on di road”.

The exotic dancers say they want the police to intervene.

Another, who says she has been dancing for 15 years expressed, “Di police need fi scrape dem up offa di street caz dem a mek tings bad fi us legal ones inna di club! We kyah get nuh price pan we p$%@.”

Mayor of May Pen, Scean Barnswell, told THE WEEKEND STAR he has heard about the prostitution issue.

He said, “I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never seen anything. I need to check to inform myself how widespread it is, then from there I will do an investigation with the council, health department and the police”.

Head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Michael Bailey, said, “I’ve heard about Stork Street, but can’t confirm if it’s taking place there. I have heard the allegations, but don’t have any information to confirm it. We have foot patrol out in the streets, we haven’t arrested anyone to confirm if it is happening.”


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3 Responses to Sex trade in recession in Jamaica? $JA50 is the Right Price!

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    • I will move away from May Pen. Because of the non-recognition of the sex trade as legitimate human commerce, i.e. voluntary exchange of payment for services rendered, the industry is kept underground and inherently dangerous. A woman (or man) can’t call on the authorities for protection, if their person or property is mistreated or vandalized.

      -K Fiennes

  2. Pingback: Prostitution: Sex Doesn’t Sell. An Old Industry in Deep Recession | Right From Yaad

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