Every country has something it’s popular of. If you want beautiful beaches, countries in Asia are the best places to be. If you want to see animals running wild and free, Africa would be the best recommendation. But which country does sex tourism excel in? Do you believe your country should be on the list?
Some people regard sexual activity while traveling as a way of enhancing their travel experience. However, social problems arise when particular countries or cities acquire a reputation as a destination or become attractive for sex tourism.
In many countries around the world, prostitution is against the law, and those who practice and promote are punished severely. Unfortunately, there are countries who, despite being illegal, continue to practice prostitution. As a matter of fact, the world even knows about them! Here are 10 of the most popular sex tourism destinations in the world:
# 10 Dominican Republic
Travelers will see legal brothels, massage parlours and prostitutes in many of the downtown areas such as the Puerto Plata province and Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic also ranks fourth highest in the world among countries exporting large numbers of sex workers.
Cambodia has long been a destination for male sex tourists from Asia and western countries. Prostitution, although prohibited by law, is rampant all over the country and especially visible at the touristic hotspots.
The number of tourists in Cambodia has doubled over the past years. In 2014, more than 4 million foreigners visited the Southeast Asian country, attracted by the temples of Angkor, tropical beaches—and some of them by cheap and readily available prostitutes.
#8 The Netherlands
Prostitution in the Netherlands is legal and regulated. Operating a brothel is also legal. Being a harbor city, Amsterdam has a long tradition of strong presence of prostitution.
Kenya’s coastal town of Malindi may look like a tropical paradise but is host to a hidden child sex trade. Children as young as 12 say they are being lured into prostitution and pornography by tourists willing to pay handsomely for sex in secret locations.
While a majority of tourists visit the Kenyan coast to relax and enjoy unique experiences, a significant number of them are touring the region for the sole purpose of engaging in sex with Kenyan minors.
The Philippines, like some other Southeast Asian countries, has an unfortunate reputation for prostitution and sex tourism. It’s a huge industry domestically with an estimated 800,000 men, women and, sadly, children working in the trade. The country’s international image as a sex destination was largely a result of the US military presence here during and after World War II when “go go” or “girlie” bars flourished around the bases at Clark and Subic Bay.
Finding sex for pay is easy here. Prostitutes fill the main square nightly in Cartagena, Colombia, and line police-patrolled streets. A network of taxi drivers and candy vendors profit from matching new visitors with the youth of their desire.
Prostitution in Indonesia is legally considered a “crime against decency/morality”, although it is widely practiced, tolerated and regulated. Some women are financially motivated to become prostitutes, while others may be forced by friends, relatives or strangers. Traditionally, they have met with customers in entertainment venues or special prostitution complexes, or lokalisasi.
Prostitution is so popular (and socially accepted) in Spain that a United Nations study reports that 39 per cent of all Spanish men have used a prostitute’s services at least once. To meet this vast demand, an estimated 300,000 prostitutes are working in Spain—everywhere from clubs in town centres to industrial estates, to lonely country roads to roadside bars.
Prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) in Brazil is legal, as there are no laws forbidding adults from being professional sex workers, but it is illegal to operate a brothel or to employ sex workers in any other way. Still, dozens of brothels fill the cities, where prostitutes engage in sexual activities. With this at hand, many sex tourists flock the country.
On the streets of Thailand, sex is a commodity. Thailand’s minister of tourism might want it banned, but sex tourism is big business. Prostitution is not strictly illegal in Thailand, though solicitation and public nuisance laws are in effect. In practice it is tolerated and partly regulated. Prostitution operates clandestinely in many parts of the country.