Sex tourism is a booming global industry. These places sound like heaven to a horny bastard like me, so shortly after graduating college, I convinced a buddy to travel the world in search of sex with exotic women. We mapped out two legs of one long erotic journey, one in the Caribbean and one in southeast Asia.
You just have to say the right price. Dominican Republic In the Dominican Republic, prostitution is legal. However, sex with minors is illegal, and many of the sex workers are underage. Men from all income levels can purchase some time with a prostitute in the Dominican Republic. Whether you want a cheap street walker or a high-end escort, buying sex is straightforward and convenient.
In Costa Rica, where prostitution is also legal, sex workers are built into the fabric of the culture. Elderly men are endlessly spotted seeking out hookers in San Jose bars. In Cuba, prostitution is technically illegal, but no one seems to give a damn. Pimping is especially prevalent here, although Cuban pimps, known as jineteros, have a terrible reputation for their treatment of sex tourists. Most jineteros are smooth-talking English speakers who go out of their way to appear friendly.
Quite the opposite, the country recently announced its intentions to open state-run love hotels, to cut down on the ever-popular practice of public sex. The culture seemingly revolves around sex workers and their clients. The nearby bars and restaurants, hotels, massage parlors and saunas, live entertainment productions like peep shows and cabarets, all profit off these interactions, as well.
Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines are famous sex destinations for their red light districts. Sex shops, strip clubs, brothels and bars make these spots adult playgrounds for the sexually adventurous. In Thailand, there are an estimated 3 million sex workers. Women throw themselves on even the most unattractive and socially awkward of men. They laugh at all their corny jokes and express fascination with every mundane story.
You buy them drinks throughout the course of the night, and at the end, you spend a few extra bucks to have sex with them. When in Rome, right? At 40 to 80 US dollars for a girl for the entire evening and a tip of 15 to 30 dollars per lady , we could make our favorite fantasies come to life for pennies on the dollar.
If you like one you see, you get the manager to fetch her. The Philippines The sexual fantasy this vacation had come to embody began falling apart once we shifted focus to our final stop, Cambodia. In Cambodia, prostitution is illegal, but tolerated. The country held all the same promise as Thailand and the Philippines, if not for one pronounced problem: In Cambodia, parents sometimes sell their own children into sex slavery, while others are tricked into the industry.
Turning over in our minds this horrendous black market, our once thrilling vacation plans began to feel tainted. The idea of unwittingly contributing to a market for trafficked children overwhelmed any ideas of cheap threesomes with exotic prostitutes. However, our anxiety still overwhelmed us, and our sex tourism vacation was put on hold. If we ever overcome our fears to follow through, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia will be waiting for us.
Until then, those sexual Disneylands will remain another unfulfilled fantasy.