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Shanty Town Resort Offers Tourists The Experience Of Extreme Poverty [Pics]

Shanty Town Resort Offers Tourists The Experience Of Extreme Poverty [Pics]
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Holiday home in South Africa has been described by some as "poverty porn."

Ross Brooks
  • 22 november 2013

Emoya Estate in South Africa has started offering its guests the chance to live like the many millions of impoverished Africans who take refuge in homes made from corrugated steel. The shanty town is located on the company’s five-star luxury game reserve and comes with many things that you wouldn’t get in a real shanty town, like running water, electricity, Wi-Fi, and even underfloor heating.

The resort has already attracted a lot of negative attention, much of which describes the shanty town as tasteless, insensitive and offensive to those who have no choice but to live in poverty. American political satirist Stephen Colbert went so far as to say: “At best, insensitive; and at worst, poverty porn.”

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A night in one of the ‘shacks’ costs $80 (R850), only slightly less than the $98 (R1,000) average monthly wage of a South African domestic worker. Even though the conditions in the shacks might seem fairly basic to a tourist, they have many modern conveniences that are lacking in real shanty towns.

Emoya Estate

Source: The Daily Mail

Images: Emoya Estate

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