Most people plan holidays with a variety of fun activities in mind, from sight seeing to sampling exotic food to absorbing some culture at local museums. However, playing it safe and engaging in family fun isn’t everyone’s cup of tea: some people are looking for more of a thrill. Sex tourism, in which the main goal of a trip is to engage in sexual activity, often with prostitutes, is a booming global industry. Most clients involved in sex tourism are men, while a majority of the sex workers are women. Although, female sex tourism exists in smaller numbers. Sex tourism is an industry worth billions of dollars that is estimated to have millions of sex workers involved worldwide, and the practice can be legal or illegal, depending on regional laws, whether the activity is consensual, and whether children or sex trafficking are involved. Below are some of the top destinations in the world for sex tourism: prostitution is legal in some, but not in all of the countries listed.
10. Dominican Republic
Many Caribbean countries are seeing a rise in sex tourism, especially female sex tourism, and the Dominican Republic is no exception. It is estimated that anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 women work in the sex trade in the Dominican Republic, and many cross over from Haiti as well. Prostitution is not illegal in the Dominican Republic, although sex with minors is, and sadly many of the sex workers here are minors. The country’s sex tourism trade may be so popular due to its relative accessibility from both the United States and Europe.