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21. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

hey things like this only cause panic-i was trying to break it to my mum that i was going travelling and without even asking me who i was going with and where and how long she told me shed read something in one of her chinese papers that said travellers to either india or asia would have their passports stolen and be forced into prostitution-so im gonna have a very hard time convincing mt family of the legitimacy of my actual travelling, let alone going alone! Jeez this is harder than i thought it would be!not a good day!!

22. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

hey greg maybe killers to avoid all have some communal twitch thing going on?!

23. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

If at all posssible, Grace - find articles that you can show your mother demonstrating the safe side of traveling. Possible, as in showing her the articles, not finding them - they are out there. And, as with many of the members here, parents have been the biggest problem they have encountered. As far as I can tell by their posts and replies, it didn't stop them from taking their trips. And, once they arrived home safely, their parents realised their "little boys and girls" had grown up.

24. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

its a good idea but a bit difficult as my mum only reads chinese and i cant read chinese despite speaking it!! frustrating!!i'd understand it if i was still at home and expecting a lot of support but ive lived away for years! ill have to find a way around this as i need to get out there and see things-thanks isodora!

25. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

sorry isAdora!!

26. Posted by counsellor (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

These crimes are having a broad coverage in TV and newspapers, causing a great popular appeal. Crimes like these rarely occur here. The murder said those girls were - like him - drug users, a fact that's being investigate.

27. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

As much as I've traveled (without any problems), my Mother still reacts by telling me that "oh, that's too dangerous" or "you can't go there by yourself", etc.. My Father is worse but I never really listen to him anyway. I have a long list of places I've visited and loved, that if I had listened to him I never would have experienced.

I think besides the fact that parents worry and are generally a little overprotective, that a lot of people are simply not that well informed. If a place was dangerous 20 years ago, they still think it's dangerous now. Or areas of a big country may not be safe, but you are going to another (safe) area in that country, and the unimformed person doesn't relize the difference.

28. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting counsellor

These crimes are having a broad coverage in TV and newspapers, causing a great popular appeal. Crimes like these rarely occur here. The murder said those girls were - like him - drug users, a fact that's being investigate.

I do think there are certain risks when traveling alone (or traveling period). But as far as this particular article is concerned, I don't think it's really that relavant. These types of crimes, unfortunately, also happen here in the US and I believe it's more woman making POOR choices putting themselves in danger. Whether you are a local girl there or a tourist (drugs may be involved, going with a strange man you just met may be involved, etc.)

There are dangers when traveling but I don't think running into a man like this one is one of the main dangers to watch out for.

29. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

i understand the concern counsellor but i dont think that being murdered is actually related to drugs per se! As for sociological theory and research - Media coverage only heightens a nations sense of worry, and its a vicious circle as heightened anxiety can make people over cautious and feel that danger is constantly on the doorstep when it really isnt-like in the uk there is constant coverage that there are terroist threats but as of yet nothing has been given as evidence, apart from speculative arrests.
there are obvious concerns with travelling alone of course, male or female but as you said crimes like this dont happen often-and to be honest happen more often in countries where we most often come from, bigger worries are having your backpack and belongings taken or health worries- may i ask counsellor have you ever been travelling yourself?!

30. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

just checking your profile-so you're from brazil-ive actually got a female friend who is in your country at the moment and has been travelling alone for a few months now and plans another 6 months-i dont actually think that her life is at as much risk as you like to think. Its great to get useful advice but this seems to be unsubstantiated and unhelpful for a lot of us.