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
8 The Netherlands
6 The Philippines
It’s no surprise that Thailand is on the top of this list, considering the popularity of Bangkok’s red light district and portrayals of it in films like The Hangover Part II. Laws against prostitution in Thailand are hazy, and the country has a bit of a reputation for its sexually permissive nature. Many Thai people believe that prostitution and tolerating other’s lifestyles are a necessary part of Thai culture, so the ‘oldest profession in the world’ has flourished here, including the famous 'ladyboys'. There are approximately 3 million sex workers in Thailand, of whom roughly a third are minors. Unfortunately, a large number of the sex workers in Thailand are prostitutes through human trafficking, although the industry is often well regulated and the sex workers are there by choice.
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