Top 10 Destination Countries for male Sex Tourism
Male Sex tourism is travel to engage in sexual activity, particularly with prostitutes. The World Tourism Organization defines male sex tourism as trips organized from within the tourism sector, or from outside this sector but using its structures and networks, with the primary purpose of effecting a commercial sexual relationship by the tourist with residents at the destination.
These are the top countries for male sex Tourism.
Thailand takes the number one spot even though prostitution is not strictly legal there. male Sex tourism is flourishing in Thailand due to the liberal society, economic backwardness, and existence of complete ecosystem for the sex industry in the form of massage parlors, SPAs, and beautiful climate.
Since the Vietnam War, Thailand has gained international fame among travelers from many countries as a sex tourism destination.
There are over 2.8 million sex workers, including 2 million women, 20,000 adult males and 800,000 minors under the age of 18, but the figures for women and minors were considered to be grossly inflated by most observers and to have resulted from poor research methods.
Prostitution itself in Brazil is legal, as there are no laws forbidding adult prostitution, but it is illegal to operate a brothel or to employ prostitutes in any other way.
Brazil looks set to become the number one sex tourism destination in the world in the next few years, despite that fact that brothels are still illegal.
Colombian women are undoubted among the most beautiful in the world, this certainly is one of the factors that has aided its reputation as a global sex tourism capital.
While the sex trade is completely legal and accepted in the country, the Government of Colombia is making efforts to fight child prostitution, sexual slavery, and human trafficking.
The sex trade exists in a legal loophole in Spain and has been on the rise in recent years, combining effectively with the country’s massive tourism industry.
Ninety percent of prostitutes in Spain are illegal immigrants, many of which arrive in Spain through illegal human trafficking.
Amazingly, prostitution is illegal in the country and technically it can come with harsh penalties. Nonetheless, the industry is massive in the country and not really frowned upon.
The female company usually comes in the form of ‘bargirls’ who often wear ‘bargirl’ ID tags. These girls are supposed to come with a guarantee of being regularly tested for STDs.
One of the major reasons so many girls have entered the industry has been dubbed ‘Prosti-Tuition’, the cost of education in the country is sky high while economic troubles continue there.
Amazingly, it is estimated that 60% of tourists that visit the country, come only for sex tourism.
The Netherlands, due mainly to the famous sin city of Amsterdam, is one of the world’s sex tourism capitals. Prostitution is legal and regulated, this includes brothels. Amsterdam’s, De Wallen, is the largest and most famous red-light district in the city and a famous destination for international sex tourism.
Kenya is one of the most relatively stable and safe countries in Africa. It has one of the largest tourism industries on the continent and that includes sex tourism. The Kenyan Tourism Board doesn’t discourage it in practice despite the high levels of STI’s and HIV in the country.
Kenya is a popular destination for older white women, from mainly the USA and the UK, who want to purchase a ‘holiday romance’ with a local man.
The Dominican Republic
The sex industry has really taken off in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic is the best example of this. It is legal but no third party can become involved in the exchange of money.
The country’s near location to the USA and a famous scandal involving a US senator making use of the ‘services’ there have both helped the industry’s rise on the island.
Prostitution is illegal in Malaysia, however, the laws are not enforced at all and sexual services are widely available. It is all under the radar but the demand is very high in cities likePenang, Kuala Lumpur, and Ipoh.
The dark side of the industry is strong with many of the sex workers being trafficked in from neighboring countries such as China.
Unlike many other European Union countries, prostitution, even street prostitution, is widespread, organized, and legal in Germany.
The country has a long history of placing the groundwork of the sex tourism industry, with organized prostitution in the country dating back to the 1200’s AD.
Source: World Tourism Organization