Porn and Sex Tourism - The eSwatini Reed Dance Made Sleazy

Every year, tourists and the international media converge on the kingdom of eSwatini for the reed dance - a ceremony where dancers, some as young as 11 dance bare-breasted and in short skirts and some with no underwear in front of eSwatini King Mswati III. The ceremony, well known as the day King Mswati chooses a new wife, has led to photographs of the naked women and girls appearing on pornography websites across the world.

Reed dance (file photo).

  • Swaziland:   Swaziland's Sinister Reed Dance

    Swazi Media, 23 August 2017

    Rehearsals for this year's Reed Dance in Swaziland have started and the maidens who dance bare-breasted in front of King Mswati III have been told by organisers they must wear… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Umkhosi Womhlanga - Dancing Naked for the King

    Guardian, 9 July 2018

    The royal reed dance also called Umkhosi Womhlanga is an annual festival celebrated in South Africa. Girls from Zululand and small groups from Swazi land participate in this… Read more »


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