Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. The main island is the fourth-largest island in the world, and is home to 5% of the world's plant and animal species, of which more than 80% are endemic to Madagascar. Full independence from France came on June 26, 1960. Agriculture, fishing and forestry are mainstays of the economy. Major exports are coffee, vanilla (Madagascar is the world's largest producer and exporter of vanilla), sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), beans, bananas, peanuts and livestock products. Vanilla has historically been of particular importance, and when in 1985 Coca-cola switched to New Coke which involved less vanilla, Madagascar's economy took a marked downturn, but returned to previous levels after the return of Coke Classic! Homosexuality is legal in Madagascar. The age of consent is 21. Neither homosexuality nor sodomy are mentioned in the criminal laws of Madagascar. The government acts to curb sex tourism with punishment for prostitution and pornography.
News & Reports:
- Madagascar: Sex for school fees, 2011/Aug/01
- Gay Madagascar News & Reports, 2009/Jan/01
Madagascar: Sex for school fees
Antananarivo,(IRIN) – The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned to sex work to pay her tuition fees. Charging up to US$7 a time, she works in the poor… Read more »
Gay Madagascar News & Reports
Also see: http://www.lgbrpcv.org/articles.htm 1 The Mysterious Fiancée Halfway across the World 2/09 2 The number of people infected with HIV / AIDS is increasing 10/11 February 18, 2009 – lgbrpcv.org 1 The Mysterious Fiancée Halfway across the World by Michael Foster, RPCV Madagascar As any PCV or RPCV will tell you, it is completely fascinating… Read more »