Women, every single one of them, are worth more than their bodies. In an ideal world, everyone would see that. But clearly, I'm a newbie in this world. In the interest of exploring all sides of the debate, I tracked down a friend-of-a-Facebook-friend who agreed to talk to me about his experience with prostitutes — or "prosties" as he called them — and why he frequents a Toronto brothel.
Tim, a divorced year-old from Mississauga who hasn't had free sex in over six months, met me at a pub. I was shocked at how easy it was to find someone with personal experience and didn't know exactly what to ask. Thankfully, he wanted to share. He admits that "regular sex" would be a better option, but says it's difficult to meet people in his circles.
Still, "doing it with someone I see a lot … that'd be better I guess. He tells me about his lost love, his ex-wife. His eyes light up when he talks about their honeymoon heat — but they darken again when the conversation turns. He starts ranting about one lady in particular at the "house" he frequents. His emotional attachment to her is clear "she's pretty and really sweet, you'd like her, I swear" and he genuinely thinks she cares about him.
What about your safety? Tim's response is quick, and blunt: He uses protection, but admits, "when I get to that point and I'm there, I'm not worried about safety. When Tim and I part ways, I walk home, confident in my original advice, but saddened for those who can't avoid prostitution. The decision to pay someone for sex not only diminishes the act, I think to myself, but devalues both parties involved. Have a sex question? This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.
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According to Female Sex Trafficking in Asia: The Resilience of Patriarchy in a Changing World by Samarasinghe, cultural attitudes towards sex tourism in Asian countries are complex. Attitudes towards sex work in general is a complex issue. The countries where tourists come from tend to have harsher attitudes towards prostitution. Conversely, in receiving countries such as Cambodia, commercial sex work is generally accepted as a common behavior for men, and sex with minors is often accepted as well.
Lawmakers as well as law enforcement often do not place priority on policing prostitution and sex trafficking. University of Leicester sociologists studied this subject as part of a research project for the Economic and Social Research Council and End Child Prostitution and Trafficking campaign. The study included interviews with over Caribbean sex tourists. However, despite a great deal of interest in sexual tourism amongst theorists, methodologically thorough and detailed studies remain rare,  despite the increasing accessibility of such groups for study in the past three decades.
McPhee notes that one of the central challenges to addressing sex tourism is the differing laws and norms regarding normal sexual behavior in sending and receiving countries.
This stimulates the economy of these poorer nations. These economic reinforcements are part of the reason sex tourism continues to exist. In an article published by the University of Chicago , Vrushali Patil argues that tourism in general has changed with economic policies in recent decades.
In an article for International Family Planning Perspectives , Mahler describes the economic conditions that lead to sexual exploitation of children. Sex tourism is also encouraged by cultural attitudes. Some people travel to engage in sex with child prostitutes in a practice called child sex tourism. While it is criminal in most countries, this multibillion-dollar  industry is believed to involve as many as 2 million children around the world.
It is often the case that these people have travelled from a wealthier country or a richer town or region within a country to a less-developed destination, where poorer economic conditions, favourable exchange rates for the traveller and relative anonymity are key factors conditioning their behaviour and sex tourism.
In an effort to eradicate the practice, many countries have enacted laws to allow prosecution of their citizens for child abuse that occurs outside their home country [ clarification needed ] , even if it is not against the law in the country where the child abuse took place, for example, the United States Protect Act.
Thailand , Cambodia , Brazil, Colombia and Mexico have been identified as countries where child sexual exploitation is prevalent. UNICEF notes that sexual activity is often seen as a private matter, making communities reluctant to act and intervene in cases of sexual exploitation.
Most exploitation of children takes place as a result of their absorption into the adult sex trade where they are exploited by local people and sex tourists. In cases involving children, the U. Although there are many concerns that sex tourism promotes the sexual exploitation of children and young people, regulations and government involvement prove to have a positive impact on the sex industry. Prostitutes have had to register as independent workers with the Chamber of Commerce and pay income tax to legally perform their work since By decriminalizing prostitution, a government can protect sex workers under labor laws accessible by workers in other fields.
In the Netherlands, prostitutes have access to unlimited free STD testing. Not only does the judgment sex workers feel within the healthcare community keep them from seeking timely treatment, it also adversely affects self-esteem and informed health choices.
One of the primary sources of opposition to sex tourism is with regard to child sex tourism, internationally defined as travel to have sex with a person under 18 years of age.
This occurs when tourists from countries such as the United States take advantage of legal prostitution, lower consent ages, and the lack of extradition laws in order to engage in sex with minors in foreign countries. Oppositions to sex tourism also stem from concerns around the trafficking of women.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime targets the trafficking of women and children as a central concern in their approach to transnational crime. In The Prostitution of Sexuality , Barry argues that the growing sex tourism industry reflects a global increase in sexual exploitation, and a lack of concern for the rights and dignity of sex workers. The legality of prostitution and of enforcement of such laws varies considerably around the world. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Decriminalization - No criminal penalties for prostitution. Legalization -prostitution legal and regulated. Abolitionism - prostitution is legal, but organized activities such as brothels and pimping are illegal; prostitution is not regulated. Neo-abolitionism illegal to buy sex and for 3rd party involvement, legal to sell sex. Prohibitionism - prostitution illegal. Legality varies with local laws. Archived from the original on 14 August Retrieved 24 December Harvard Review of Latin America.
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