Sex tourism

The economic impact of prostitution in the tourism industry with a focus on sex tourism in Asia
  • Daniel Bunn


The following chapter addresses the sex market as an economic sector of tourism. It does not reflect the author's personal opinion on religious, health, criminal or moral issues. This chapter is divided into two parts, examining the demand and the supply side issues respectively. More specifically, it addresses questions regarding the sex tourism segment's estimated market size, consumption patterns, geographical fragmentation and its particular psychological and sociological aspects.


Access Date Sexual Exploitation Travel Agency Sexual Service United Nations Department 


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3.5 References

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3.6 Recommended reading

  1. Bangkok bar girls – Everything you always wanted to know about the Bangkok nightlife scene, URL:
  2. ECPAT International – End child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes, URL:
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  5. Sly Traveler – Sex Guide, URL:

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  • Daniel Bunn

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