Current Issues in Tourism: Introduction to Special Issue Vol. Excerpt] Tourism studies as a definable field of study is now experiencing something of an impasse.
What is Sex Tourism? On a recent trip to Thailand, I was walking along a street of bars in Chiang Mai, a northern city. As I walked past the bars, I observed that each held thin local women with long, straight hair. They wore high heels and big smiles and issued occasional giggles.
Beside them were flirtatious foreign men. The foreign men were buying drinks for the girls and later they would pay for sex with them.
In this regard, he or she is in a unique position compared to a local who buys sex in his or her own city and has fewer options. Anywhere in the world where there is sex work there is the potential to attract sex tourists.
However, there are certain countries, such as Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Spain, and Brazil, that are well-known as hotspots for their red-light districts.
Regardless of the legality of prostitution, in these countries it is easy to procure sexual services. Filmmaker and director of Rent A RastaJ. Thus economic disparities may drive whether a country will become a hub of sex tourism. Another contributing factor perhaps related to economic disparities that may encourage proliferation of sex tourism in a given country is local acceptance of sex work and ease of procuring services.
While conventional wisdom associates sex tourists with white, middle-aged Western men, there are younger men, men from Latin America, and even women participating in this type of tourism.
Because there are a wide range of classes of sex work, from cheap street walkers to high-end escorts, tourists of all income levels can be clients.
Middle-aged, heterosexual Western women are becoming more frequent sex tourists, especially in Jamaica and Ghana, according to writer Jody Hanson in a HuffPost Live interview. After examination of posts exchanging details about long-distance romances with men in Jamaica on a social networking site, Julie Bindel reached out to interview a few of them and made the following observations.
These women are usually overweight or deemed sexually undesirable in their home countries. Some even report having been involved in abusive or unhealthy relationships in the past. In exchange, she buys him gifts and drinks, and often gives additional monetary compensation.
The consequences of sex tourism have economic, social as well as public health aspects. Although there are concerns of sex trafficking and child exploitation, University of Miami professor Thomas Steinfatt argues that while trafficking and child sex exploitation do occur, they amount to an small portion of the industry.
That stance is contested by other researchers. In terms of economic consequences, Laura Secorun Palet observes that sex tourism has the potential to be a positive force in a developing economy.
Because many sex workers come from disadvantaged backgrounds, sex tourism gives them the opportunity to earn a significantly higher income than working other jobs. In developing countries, higher wages contribute to a higher standard of living.
Not all of that went to the prostitutes, of course; it also benefited hotels, corrupt cops, restaurants, tourist agencies, beer gardens, saunas, cabarets and, of course, health clinics.
As noted above, sex tourists may be able to experiment sexually and fulfill fantasies that they could not do at home, either due to social norms or comfort.
In contrast, residents and government officials of many of these hotspots do not approve of sex tourism.Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours.
Tourism may be international, or within the traveller's country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go "beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited.
Introduction The predominant popularity of sex tourism in South East Asia led to many foreign tourist attractions to their countries. South East Asia, notably Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, and Cambodia all have notorious red light districts promoted in guidebooks as a tourist attraction. Introduction.
Tourism is widely perceived as a potential economic base, providing elements that may improve quality of life such as employment opportunities, tax revenues, economic diversity, festivals, restaurants, natural and cultural attractions, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Negative Image of Sex Tourism in Thailand Sex trade, being the oldest female profession, never was a role model job. Similarly, in Thailand, even if sex trade has enormous profits, it does not improve the image of the country, and does not educated intelligent people to visit it.
We are delighted to welcome Ashgate Publishing and Gower books into the Taylor & Francis Group. Legal underpinnings. The legal framework governing prostitution in Thailand is based upon three acts: Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act. The Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act, B.E.
() is the statute most directly prohibiting prostitution. Under the act, the definition of "prostitution" is "Sexual intercourse, or any other act, or the commission of any other.