BRIDGETOWN, Barbados— The Adult Industry Association (AIA) says it will support sex worker, Natalee “Natlee” Harewood, in her bid to win a seat in the Barbados Parliament when the general elections are held later this year.
Despite the legislative chamber being dissolved earlier this month, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not yet named a date for the general election, even though he has told supporters of his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) that he will do so within the stipulated 90 day period.
The DLP is expected to face a strong challenge from the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for control of the 30 seat Parliament. The DLP won the last general election in 2013 by a two seat margin.
But Harewood, 36, who gained notoriety two years ago with her explicit viral postings on social media, has said she will be contesting the City of Bridgetown constituency, coming up against the incumbent BLP candidate, retired Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, United Progressive Party (UPP) leader, former senator Lynette Eastmond and DLP candidate, credit unionist Henderson Williams.
“I am going forward and I am trying to do my best to help the poor people in Barbados and I am not turning back. Nothing beats a try. It was too much fake all these years. I am the real deal right now for my people. It isn’t no more lies.
“I am not a politician; I don’t know the first thing about politics but I know Barbados is hard and my poor people want help, we want jobs. Too much crime in Barbados. Too much young people coming out on the streets to prostitute their bodies for money. We need help. That’s all I know,” said the sex-worker.
She has now gained the support of the AIA, whose president Charles Lewis, said the organisation would be providing both moral and financial support to her.
“Our support is going to be a lot more tangible than just moral support because my organisation is prepared to start a fundraising campaign on her behalf,” Lewis told the online publication, Barbados TODAY.
“I am also prepared to put my money behind her and I am also prepared to give her political and intellectual support that she needs because that is how political campaigns are run and won. I am also willing to go and speak on her platform if it is required,” Lewis said.
Lewis told the publication that while many have questioned Harewood’s moral qualification to contest the elections, she was no less moral than most politicians.
“Natalee is clearly a concerned citizen who happens to be a sex worker and it is shameful that Bajans are using her profession to criticise her decision to run for office.Yet they are prepared to vote for political prostitutes who hide behind the walls of Parliament. These corrupt self-serving bastards may not sell their bodies at Bush Hill but they certainly sell their souls for money.
“Hypothetically speaking I would prefer to be represented by a prostitute who genuinely has my interest at heart than corrupt politicians whose lack in leadership has brought this country to its knees. In particular politicians whose local and offshore accounts collectively have more money than the national treasury and whose cars individually are worth more than my house,” Lewis told the Barbados TODAY.