The dark side to the homeless issue ..............
Doing 'business' in New Kingston ... Jamaica Observer on MSM Homelessness ..... JFLAG should be ashamed
Both female and male prostitutes alike are known to frequent the area, but in recent months, the number of male hookers has mounted drastically.
Information reaching THE WEEKEND STAR is that close to 70 male prostitutes are now frequenting Trafalgar Park and Antigua Avenue on a nightly basis.
THE WEEKEND STAR has also learnt that even teenage boys are now being spotted in the area.
When our investigative team visited the areas about 8 p.m. on Wednesday night there was hardly anyone in sight.
About an hour later there were at least 20 of them.
One woman who works in an office on Antigua Avenue said "A whole heap a dem congregate in the park (Trafalgar Park) across the road then after hours dem come across."
She reasoned, "Some a dem very young, teenagers. Dem look normal and dress normal, yuh only know say dem gay because sometimes yuh see dem a slap dem one another pan dem bottom and a hug up each other."
wig and spike heel
A security guard, who said that he was responsible for one of the buildings on Antigua Avenue at nights, told THE WEEKEND STAR that "Sometimes more than 50 of them out here. Dem gi demself girl names like 'Beyonce' and 'Simone'. Some a dem all dress up ina dem wig and spike heel."
He expressed, "Only man come pick dem up, a bare expensive vehicle all Range Rover. If dem a drive up and see mi dem circle and come back."
But a 23-year-old homosexual male who was seen lurking in the area denied the allegations that the males who hang out in the area are prostitutes.
"The guys dem whey congregate are friends who just hang out and talk, most of them don't have no home," he said.
He also explained that they have basically taken up residence in that area because it is the only place where they can really feel safe.
"If we go round deh so or back so dem wah kill we. Police, bad man, everybody wah kill we," he expressed.
Interestingly, he admitted that some of the homosexuals dress like women, however, he claimed that he only did so on rare occasions.
"Mi only dress so when mi a go out," he said.
Meanwhile, he told THE WEEKEND STAR that he knew that he was gay since he was 18-year-old and since then he has cut off all associations with women.
"Mi nuh feel say it right fi mi a go to man and a go to woman," he said.
When contacted, the New Kingston police confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of male hookers frequenting the area.
However, it was noted that from time to time the police carry out loitering operations which helps to reduce the numbers.
Homelessness/Displacement problems again .........
Peace and tolerance