Sex Tourism: A Myth or a Reality?

38 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2008

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Arpita Saha

National Law University, Jodhpur

Date Written: August 21, 2008


Sex tourism, i.e. travelling to foreign countries for the purpose of having sexual relations with the natives of that land has been continuing since decades all over the world. The tourist spots have been including the third world poor countries, specially those of Africa and South East Asia. Also, with the growth and emergence of the pornography industry, the children of such countries are becoming the victims of Child Sex Tourism (CST). CST has been thriving day by day, mostly based on the poor economy of such countries and the ignorance of the children as to what is actually happening to them. Surprisingly, though sex tourism is widely prevalent, yet in many countries, the Government tries to turn its eyes away from it, mainly because of what it is providing to the country's economic front. But is that a good enough reason to push our children into the mouths of their predators? This paper seeks to find out the various reasons for the thriving sex tourism industry, with the tumults undergone by the victims, the psychology of the perpetrators, the role of the Government and suggestions and awareness for the same, with special reference to CST in India.

Keywords: sex tourism, travel, pornography, child sex tourism

Suggested Citation

Saha, Arpita, Sex Tourism: A Myth or a Reality? (August 21, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

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