Sex Tourism Laws
While sex tourism can be a lot of fun, there is a serious side to it and it is important that whether you are in your home country or a foreign country that you abide by their laws regarding sex to ensure you don’t land yourself in any trouble! In this guide we shall look in more detail at sex tourism and laws.
Importance of Researching Sex Tourism and Laws
One of the main reasons that many people travel with the purpose of sex tourism is because many sexual activities are illegal in their home country so they travel to a place where they can do them legally.
However, despite sex laws being somewhat relaxed in many countries there are still precautions that need to be made as no one wants to end up in a foreign prison for their vacation!
Before setting off on your sex tour always make sure that you know and understand all the laws surrounding sex tourism in the destination you are travelling to. One of the best ways to ensure you aren’t breaking any laws is to go on an organized sex tour as they are usually run by locals who know the ins and outs of the sex industry and can advise you along the way.
Below we shall look at some of the legalities of sex tourism that you need to look out for.
What is Legal in terms of Sex Tourism
What is legal in terms of sex tourism varies depending on the destination you are travelling to – which is why it is important to do your research before you set off.
The legal age of consent is one of the most important things you need to be aware of. In some countries it is higher than in others and in different situations. For example, in Thailand (a popular sex tourism destination) the legal age of consent is 15 – but for those working in the sex industry it is 18 years of age.
In some countries prostitution is illegal altogether so if this is your intention you may want to check this out first! There are plenty of countries where prostitution is very open and acceptable- which is usually where the most popular sex tourist destinations are.
Gay and lesbian sex tourists will also need to check the laws surrounding homosexuality in the destination they wish to travel to. The best idea is to travel to sex tourists destinations that have large gay communities.
In the USA, for example, prostitution is illegal in almost every state excluding a few counties in the state of Nevada.
Underage Sex Laws
As we mentioned before it is very important that you check the age of consent in whatever country or city you are travelling to.
Child sex tourism has been highly publicized and is a very serious issue with huge legal implications. Many children are exploited around the world and are forced into prostitution. The sanctions for disobeying child prostitution laws are huge in many countries so it is definitely not worth getting yourself involved – I hear Thai prisons aren’t the most hospitable.
Some countries have even enacted laws that enable them to prosecute their citizens if they take part in child sex tourism that occurs outside of their home country even if it is not legal in the country they are in.
Where to Find out More about Specific Laws Surrounding Sex Tourism
You should never leave on a sex tour without knowing what the laws are, so make sure you do your research before you leave.
One of the best places to learn about sex tourism and laws is on the internet. However, be careful of your sources as not all websites are reliable with their facts. Try and use reputable sources such as local government websites that can tell you specific laws surrounding the sex industry.
As we mentioned before another way to find out about sex tourism and laws is to arrange an organized sex tour so that you can consult with an expert in the country you are visiting who can advise you about what you can and can’t do legally in their country.