For more than a decade, porn star Robert Sewell, popularly known as Movie Star, travelled the length and breadth of Jamaica with a group of girls entertaining persons through live adult show in night clubs.
This was before the police began engaging in repeated raids on clubs where these erotic shows were being held, effectively putting the brakes on the illegal practice.
Movie Star, who survive by his
manhood, has been forced to seek other avenues in order to live.
He wants the Government to licence the sex trade so players like him can legitimately 'eat a food' from their trades.
"A whole heap a people use to benefit from this business like the club owners and the taxi man dem weh tek the people dem to the club," Sewell said.
The 47 year-old St Elizabeth native is calling on the relevant authorities to legitimise the industry, which he believes can boost the tourist industry.
"Dem could at least say let's get a license and every six months, we pay a money cause it would help dem too. A whole heap a people come from foreign to come watch me perform and dem not even a come so much again," he said.
A strip-club owner, who operates on Port Henderson Road in St Catherine, an area commonly called Back Road, shared similar sentiments.
"It would be easier if they just legalise it because it's adults in an enclosed area," the owner who asked for anonymity said.
He said Sewell and his friends would capture partygoers as they make their way home.
"Some people may be having man problem or woman problem so dem can come and catch piece of the action," the club operated said.
- MOVIE STAR
According to Sewell, he got the name Movie Star because of the acrobatic styles he performed doing his live adult show.
"Sometimes the way mi put the girl dem, it mek the people dem get excited," Sewell said. "Mi all run from one end of the room and jump inna it."
He said when the business was in full swing, he would perform at clubs in Ocho Rios, Portmore and Kingston in one night.
But the law frowns on practices such as live adult shows.
- THE AUTHORITIES
"Even though it is operating in an enclosed space, it is a place that attracts the public and so they are expected to abide by the Town and Communities Act," head of the Corporate Communication Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, said.
- THE STRUGGLE
Sewell, a single father of three, said the current law is a barrier to economic growth.
"My baby mother died in 2009 so a mi alone a send dem a school. Right now a animal mi a raise and still a struggle to make ends meet because some time mi can't feed the animals."