Haiti Sex Tourism
The French colony of Haiti is situated in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean and is a popular destination for sex tourism. In today’s guide we shall look in more detail at Haiti’s sex tourism industry.
History of Haiti Sex Tourism
Haiti has a long history of being a popular sex tourism destination. Ever since the 1940’s, people have been travelling to Haiti from around the Caribbean and Americas to take part in the flourishing sex industry that developed across Haiti.
The peak of Haiti’s sex tourism industry was during the 1970’s when it was the premier destination in the region for sex tourists.
These days Haiti still attracts a lot of sex tourists, but the numbers are somewhat less than they once were. So why do people travel to Haiti for sex tourism?
Attraction to Haiti Sex Tourism
There are many reasons why Haiti is a popular destination for sex tourists. One of the key reasons is because it is cheap. Like many popular sex tourism destinations, such as Thailand and North Africa, Haiti is a very poor country which is one of the reasons why so many of the residents turn to prostitution and the sex industry. For Haiti sex tourists this means there is lots to choose from and the prices for sex workers are significantly cheaper than in western countries.
Haiti is also very accessible for visitors from the USA and Americas and there are regular flights and cruises to the island from various destinations. Accommodation and living expenses are also cheap on the island making it a good value destination for Haiti sex tourists.
It is not just straight men who are attracted to Haiti sex tourism – in fact it has a high proportion of female sex tourists who head there to meet with the tanned and beautiful local men. Most female Haiti sex tourists head to the popular beach resorts rather than the red-light districts preferred by the men.
Laws and Customs Surrounding Haiti Sex Tourism
The last thing you want when heading overseas for sex tourism is to land yourself in trouble with the cops! So before you head to Haiti, brush up on your local knowledge and understand what laws and culture there is surrounding Haiti’s sex tourism industry.
Prostitution is actually illegal in Haiti – however this is not to say that it doesn’t happen. In fact, it happens a lot and the authorities tend to turn a blind eye to it.
Homosexuality has been legal in Haiti since 1986, and as such there is a relatively large gay and lesbian sex tourism industry in Haiti. However, homosexuality isn’t overly accepted as it is a predominantly catholic country.
The age of consent in Haiti is 18 years of age regardless of sexual orientation or gender. If caught having sex with any person under the age of 18 years of age you are liable to face penalties both by the Haiti authorities and from your home country.
Popular Haiti Sex Tourism Destinations
Haiti has a very widespread sex tourism industry – however a large amount of it is based in the red-light district of Petionville – a suburb of the capital of Port-au-Prince. There are also plenty of sex-related businesses in and around the rest of Port-au-Prince, including strip clubs, massage parlors, brothels and more. Often they are quite well disguised as other establishments to avoid harassment from the police.
Most of Haiti’s sex tourism industry is based in the cities and large towns – with very little in rural Haiti, particularly as these areas are very religious.
As we mentioned before, prostitution is illegal in Haiti so you have to air on the side of caution at all times.
HIV/AIDS and Haiti Sex Tourism
Haiti sex tourism is plagued by the issue of HIV/AIDS. Haiti has the 20th highest prevalence of HIV infected people in the world – with over 5 percent of the population being infected. The percentage of HIV infected people is significantly higher within the sex industry.
It is essential that you always wear protection when taking part in Haiti sex tourism.