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Sex Tourism: When Children are Exploited by Visiting Perverts

Sex tourists are men and women who travel around the world in search of nothing other than thrilling sexual experience. They have the money, they have the power, and they sexually molest children and teenagers at will, sometimes under the watchful eyes of shameless parents and police officers. Government agencies seem more interested in the foreign exchange that this kind of tourism brings, rather than in the welfare of the poor children involved.

Sex tourists journey around the world to have a time of their lives

Men and women are traveling the world for a different reason. It is no longer about those beautiful beaches, it is no longer about those amazing scenes that everyone wishes to see, it is no longer about wildlife, it is about sex. They want some love out of the ordinary, they want a thrilling experience away from home, and they find a lot on their yearly travels, in the confines of beach hotels, away from paparazzi cameras and prying eyes.

Sex tourism has grown to hitherto unprecedented heights. While I have no problem and neither should anyone have a problem with this growing type of self relaxation, children all over the world are at risk of being used and abused by the sex tourists. These men and women have the money, they are willing to spend lavishly on what brings them visiting, they can afford the best of hotels, the best of travel and the best of everything.

Why poor children remain vulnerable to sex tourists

Poor children with little or no pocket money are easily taken in and hooked to these tourists who come knocking every day and night. Why do they prefer children and not fellow adults who may be available in their countries of choice?

a)      There is this belief that children are pure – Many sex tourists believe that the risk of contracting HIV and or other sexually transmitted diseases from children is lower than what could be expected from fellow adults.

b)      Children and youth are cheaper – It is cheaper to pay a child younger than sixteen years for sex than it is to pay an adult. For this reason alone, sex tourists are willing to travel far from home to have a time of their lives.

c)      Children are easier to control – Poor children and teenagers are easier to control and most of them can be easily scared into silence by means of cheap threats as opposed to adults whose resistance to any dehumanization at the hands of the sex pests can be higher.

d)      Role of the parents – Believe it or not, many poor parents would eagerly give away their children into sex slavery and or prostitution if there was guarantee of a better life after. Children of such parents have no choice but to play according to their parents’ whims and sleep with the tourists for the extra money.

e)      No strings attached approach – Sex tourists are looking for a time of their lives. They want to have a good time without inhibitions, and without restraint. Children offer the best alternative when it comes to sex without strings attached.

Are governments doing enough to regulate this industry?

If my opinion were to matter, governments aren’t doing enough regulation. Tourists come loaded with lots of money to spend; they come with the much needed foreign exchange but also have other ideas in mind. Trafficking of drugs and sexual exploitation of children are mere added advantages or by products of a large industry. Local police do not seem to bother so much with these extras for the money collected by hotels and government agencies matters most.

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  1. drelayaraja

    On September 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Well pointed… I too have published an article in this theme..

  2. Starpisces

    On September 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    well written again.
    These “tourists” should be punished severely.
    Hell will be their final destination…..

  3. melphens

    On September 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I hate that kind of news, tourist should behave as a tourist.. great article!

  4. Brenda Nelson

    On September 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    the problem has many levels.. in some cases the parents are rural and poor they sell their kids but are told the kids are going to work in factories.. perhaps they suspect different but cannot afford to care for their kids anyhow.. so let them go.. never to be seen again.

    we cannot blame those countires when it is the men from our own country who support the trade…. our countries (European, and North American) MUST look at people traveling to these destinations KNOWING a good majority of them are going – at least in part- due to the sex trade and thus supporting it..

    its sick but it is our own men to blame.

  5. Ruby Hawk

    On September 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    No, as long as it is happening, enough isn’t being done about it.

  6. Raj the Tora

    On September 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for bringing this to light. There are many people who indulge in adulterating the society. These have to be eradicated to gain the right to call ourselves “CIVILIZED”. Great writeup with nice pointers.

  7. LCM Linda

    On September 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    It’s terrible to have parents giving away their children into sex slavery for money. Thanks for sharing.

  8. PSingh1990

    On September 5, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Nice post…….

    Thank for share.

  9. Snooky

    On September 5, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Now this is where Governments should be doing entry profiling and background checks. A perfect example of money over riding good sense and safety. i think we need an interpol alert site on line like the neighborhood alerts in the mail

  10. Snooky

    On September 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

    This is a very unique and expandable article more people should be paying attention to this problem.

  11. suhail

    On September 5, 2010 at 9:12 am

    this is a very sad and alarming situation … i dont see any immediate solution to this fiasco

  12. yes me

    On September 5, 2010 at 11:55 am

    This kind of thing has no place in civilization, and should be wiped of the face of the earth, cheers
    Education can help so even your article helps cheers

  13. LoveDoctor

    On September 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    This is horrible. I am glad that you have informed us about this problem. Well-done. I agree with yes me: education can help.

  14. Ashwath Komath

    On September 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    You have brought up a good issue, Shilaho. Countries like India, Thailand and all are facing the problem and something concrete needs to be done about it.

  15. Temjen Imchen

    On September 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Now I know why the sex perverts are after the kids but still i wonder how they can do this. This menace cannot be alleviated through education alone but promoting higher living standard simultaneously can go a long way.

  16. sandcastle

    On September 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    good choice of subject. your article fosters great awareness of one of the biggest dilemma in our society.

  17. Michal Dorcak

    On September 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Governments are certainly not doing enough. If they did, this “industry” would not exist and all these sex tourists would be executed or at least sterilized.
    This article made me really angry. Of course not at you, but at those perverts who do this kind of thing (and those who enable it as well).

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