Sex tourism, for this discussion, is travel that includes engaging in sexual activities which might be illegal or less available in other areas.
Sometimes the term "sex tourism" is used specifically to refer to travel for the purpose of sex with children. We very strongly prefer not to include any information on that. Note that many Western countries have laws which allow prosecution of their citizens for this, even if the act takes place in another country. Also, the countries where it takes place are cracking down heavily on it.
Other aspects of sex tourism would include:
- singles bars and other pickup spots
- gay bars
- strip clubs or other sexy shows
For many destinations, these activities are an important aspect of tourism. Where that is the case, we should provide general information, enough to let a tourist find or avoid them as he or she chooses. For example, all of the following should be briefly described:
- Amsterdam's red light district is a major tourist attraction, even for those who aren't soliciting prostitutes.
- Bangkok gogo bars, which offer sex shows and prostitutes
- Toronto/Church-Wellesley gay district
- San Francisco/Tenderloin, famous for strip clubs
General information telling a visitor what to expect is OK, especially if it is not what might be expected elsewhere.
Warnings about overpriced tourist traps, about any scams practiced on tourists, or about particularly high risks of sexual diseases, should be given where appropriate.
However, going into detail is not required. For example, the following would be inappropriate:
- detailed reviews of pickup prospects in a gay bar or singles bar. It is OK to give general comments, such as one place caters to a university crowd, another is mainly blue collar.
- details on bordellos and bars where prostitutes can be found. Again, general comments are OK; one place is high-end, another ordinary
- pricing info for prostitution, beyond a general comment on the range in a country or city article
- "quality" information on prostitutes in different destinations, beyond a few general comments
Note that this policy applies whether or not the sexual activity in question is legal in the destination. If it is illegal, however, the text should include warnings about legal risks.
So, for example, in describing Lotus Road in Zhuhai, one might say that there are hordes of streetwalkers, despite prostitution being illegal in China. More detail would be inappropriate.
See also: illegal activities policy