Photographs of the women and girls who dance bare breasted and in short skirts and some with no underwear in front of Swaziland's absolute monarch King Mswati III at the traditional Reed Dance are appearing on pornography websites across the world. The half-naked dancers, some as young as 11, are also said to be attracting 'sex tourists' to the kingdom. Also, some of King Mswati's American backers told him the sight of a middle-age man watching tens of thousands of semi-clothed women dance for him gave Swaziland a bad image as there was an obvious 'sexual undertone' to it. The next annual Reed Dance also known as Umhlanga takes place in Swaziland renamed Eswatini by King Mswati on his fiftieth birthday earlier this year on Monday 3 September If past years are a guide possibly as many as , women, often described as 'maidens' or 'virgins' by media in Swaziland, will dance.
South African 'maidens' perform annual reed dance - in pictures
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