return to a colonial past, where white women are served, serviced, and pampered by black minions.
On the one hand, and unlike the prolific and illegal child sex trade that operates in Kenya, these women aren't doing anything illegal - the Kenyan young men are of consenting age. And, some argue, they're doing what older men in their own countries are free to do without stigma - take younger lovers, and use their finances as a means of securing those lovers. As one of the women interviewed for the Reuters article said,
It's a social arrangement. I buy him a nice shirt and we go out for dinner. For as long as he stays with me he doesn't pay for anything, and I get what I want -- a good time. How is that different from a man buying a young girl dinner?
On the other hand, in a country where nearly 7% of the population has AIDS, a situation where it's common for a 22 year old young man to have slept with over 100 white women, and where the "exotic" fantasy shuns condoms, it's simply not a safe arrangement. This isn't How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and while yes, you want to say "yay, it's empowering" for older women to acknowledge and act on their sexuality, encouraging a return to a sexualized, colonialist, Orientalist attitude can't be a good thing - health, or otherwise.