Sex tourism is the dark side of the global phenomenon of tourism. Every day we read about the benefits of tourism, its income and employment potential, its ability to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, its potential to overcome uneven development in backward regions of the world. Asks why sex tourism is being condoned and wonders why more voices are not raised in protest against its continuance. Rao, N. Report bugs here. Please share your general feedback.
Sex tourism in South Asia
"There should be no hiding place in South Asia for child sex sellers" | Press centre | UNICEF
As we swap out old for new, pages will be in transition. Thanks for your patience — please keep coming back to see the improvements. The three day meeting in Colombo is set to review efforts to stop the commercial sexual exploitation of children in South Asia and progress since the Yokohama Global Commitment of , which called for greater efforts globally to protect children. Representatives from 8 South Asian governments along with children from the region and officials from 11 UN and non governmental agencies will be attending the event, which is to be addressed by the President of Sri Lanka, Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Sex trafficking in South Asia
The report suggests that in spite of Asia's economic crisis, the economic and social forces driving the sex industry show no signs of slowing down, particularly in light of rising unemployment in the region. According to Ms. Lin Lim, the ILO official who directed the study, "If the evidence from the recession of the mids is any indication, then it is very likely that women who lose their jobs in manufacturing and other service sectors and whose families rely on their remittances may be driven to enter the sex sector. Yet, there is no clear legal stance nor effective public policies or programmes to deal with prostitution in any of the countries. Governments are constrained not only because of the sensitivity and complexity of the issues involved but also because the circumstances of the sex workers can range widely from freely chosen and remunerative employment to debt bondage and virtual slavery.
Economic and social inequalities and political conflicts have led to the movement of persons within each country and across the borders in South Asia. Globalization has encouraged free mobility of capital, technology, experts and sex tourism. Illiteracy, dependency, violence, social stigma, cultural stereotypes, gender disparity and endemic poverty, among other factors, place women and children in powerless, non-negotiable situations that have contributed to the emergence and breeding of the cavernous problem of sex trafficking in the entire region. This alarming spread of sex trafficking has fuelled the spread of HIV infection in South Asia, posing a unique and serious threat to community health, poverty alleviation and other crucial aspects of human development. Although the SAARC South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Convention on Trafficking in Women and Children has been an important breakthrough, most of the countries in the region do not have anti-trafficking legislation or means to protect the victims.