1. Bangkok and Pattaya
5. Angeles City
6. Las Vegas
7. Rio de Janeiro
1. Thailand. $ 4 billion dollars annually Asia
Ever since the Vietnam war, Thailand has gained international notoriety (especially among travellers) for the incredible and easy-to-procure sexcapades it offers. Whether its Bangkok’s ‘ping-ping’ shows or the not exactly subtle disguise of spas which offer ‘happy endings,’ everyone with half a brain knows exactly what’s going on there and most who visit are there to exploit it too.
Experts have put the number of sex workers here at a whopping 2.8 million, the act of exchanging money for sexual gratification is not illegal and the commercial aspects of this lucrative business is well-protected by powerful officials who have vested interests in the same. As such, it’s number one on our list of sex tourism destinations and quite possibly one of the safest too.
2. The Netherlands $3.5 billion annually Europe
Amsterdam is the top spot for sex tourism in the Netherlands, thanks to its infamous red light district. The red light district is popular for both standard tourists and sex tourists alike, and sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs and countless prostitutes selling their wares behind red-lit glass windows abound. Prostitution is legal and well regulated in Amsterdam, which arguably creates safer conditions for sex workers. Prices in Amsterdam generally range from 35-100 Euros, depending on the time of day, as well as the client’s age and attractiveness. Amsterdam’s notorious red light district caters to every kind of fetish and kink and the best part is, it’s (relatively) safe.
3. Brazil Latin America
Brazil has always been a popular tourist destination due to its exotic wildlife, beautiful people, pristine beaches and raucous festivals like Carnival. But it appears that Brazil might be vying for the number one spot for sex tourism as well. Additionally, Brazil is a popular destination for female sex tourism, which generally doesn’t see rates as high as male sex tourism. Brazil’s government has been especially watchful for sex tourism and sex trafficking during preparations for the World Cup, but the thriving sex trade doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
4. Costa Rica Latin America
When it comes to the Western Hemisphere, no country dominates the sex tourism front in the way Costa Rica has. It’s been officially cited as one of the world’s top sex tourism destinations and experts claim that it is experiencing a serious boom due to the larger numbers of Americans and Canadians traveling south for their ‘vacations.’
Besides, it’s not hard to imagine considering that this part of the world is also notorious for having some of the most exquisitely beautiful and exotic women this planet has ever seen! Guess it’s not just wildlife, rainforests and crazy species of animals over here as National Geographic would have us believe.
5. Colombia Latin America
Many of the countries listed here are located in Southeast Asia, but Colombia, renowned for its opulent drug lords, is located in South America and is another hot spot for sex tourism. Word on the street is that many Colombian sex workers will lower their prices if the client is attractive and a good negotiator, which may be why the country is so popular when it comes to sex tourism. However, thousands probably also flock to Colombia hoping that every woman will look like beautifully curvy, Colombian native Sofia Vergara.
6. The Philippines Asia
Although prostitution is illegal and often comes with harsh punishments in the Philippines, the sex tourism trade is alive and well. There are approximately 500,000 sex workers who masquerade as bar girls in the Philippines, and most clients are businessmen from East Asia or Western countries. Filipinos tend to be extremely tolerant of diverse lifestyles, which may be one reason why prostitution and sex tourism have flourished in the Philippines. One of the most shocking things about sex tourism in the Philippines is the sheer volume of it – a whopping 40-60% of tourists who visit the country are estimated to have traveled to the Philippines for sex tourism alone.
7. Kenya Africa
This is the sex tourism hot-spot of Africa, no doubt about it, despite being one of the most dangerous too. Thanks to the HIV epidemic here, over 1.5 million people in this country are living with HIV Aids yet the sex tourism is still on a sharp rise for reasons we can’t comprehend. Perhaps its the unbelievable cheapness or massive supply that keeps the customers coming back for more?
Either way, if at all you ever plan a trip here, sex tourist or not, make sure you cover up and how before you mount any of those luscious Kenyan women!
9. Cambodia Asia
Cambodia has strict laws regarding prostitution, but the practice is still extremely relevant, and Cambodia remains a popular destination for sex tourism. Cambodia’s rocky history during the twentieth century, including the Khmer Rouge, caused laws regarding prostitution to rise and fall in varying degrees of severity. Currently, Cambodia is plagued by problems with child sex tourism. Stricken by debilitating poverty, parents sometimes sell their own children into sex slavery, while others are tricked into the industry. A child’s virginity is often extremely valuable and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Additionally, violence against sex workers is common. Unfortunately, sex tourism has cast a dark shadow over Cambodia, and many are left without alternatives.
10. Dominican Republic Caribbean
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.