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11. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

I like sweptaways posts, he always gets people angry when all he is trying to do is spark up a conversation. Also I dont think this post is irrelevant, this is a travel site where people talk about tourism, and whether you like it or not, sex tourism is a part of travel for some people. Surely a discussion about it is better than hiding away from it?

12. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

... when all he is trying to do is spark up a conversation...

I agree there's no harm in sparking up a conversation.

Quoting bwiiian

Also I dont think this post is irrelevant, this is a travel site where people talk about tourism, and whether you like it or not, sex tourism is a part of travel for some people.

For me TP is about sharing (e.g. advice, anecdotes, photos and travel stories) and yes talking about tourism as such. I'm also aware that sex tourism exists, but I'm certainly not interested to hear about someone's sex tourism adventures.

Quoting bwiiian

Surely a discussion about it is better than hiding away from it?

What exactly should we discuss about sex tourism?

13. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

A sex tourist is basically a tourist looking for sex.

The last time I answered such an easy question was with Elnaz

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

I like sweptaways posts, he always gets people angry when all he is trying to do is spark up a conversation.

That may well be true but I honestly question "all he is trying to do is spark up a conversation" as the real intent. (But, that's just me since I can not speak for the others who have replied.)

Also I dont think this post is irrelevant, this is a travel site where people talk about tourism, and whether you like it or not, sex tourism is a part of travel for some people. Surely a discussion about it is better than hiding away from it?

Agreed - to an extent. The "How would you define a sex tourist?" is not irrelevant but the remainder of the post is and a better fit for Off Topic. There have been quite a few threads, in General Talk and the destination forums, that have addressed sex tourists and tourism. Most have been constructed in such a way that they have sparked genuine discussion about the subject(s). This thread was not moved to hide it away so please feel free to discuss and comment.

15. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting steff

I'm also aware that sex tourism exists, but I'm certainly not interested to hear about someone's sex tourism adventures.

I dont for 1 second think that ANYONE on this forum is wanting to talk about their sex tourism adventures, where did you get that idea from??

Quoting steff

What exactly should we discuss about sex tourism?

I'm talking about an open discussion about the lives that sex tourism affects, and whether ALL sex tourism is bad or does it do some good for some people?
I worked for years with severely disabled people, and believe it or not, even people in wheelchairs need sex!!
This forum has Titles for all of the forum posts, so if you dont like the title of a post then just dont click on it. Simple isnt it? That way you wont have to read anything that does not interest you.
By the way I am not starting a "sex tourism" post, I am just responding to your questions about what a sex tourism post could talk about.

16. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

I dont for 1 second think that ANYONE on this forum is wanting to talk about their sex tourism adventures, where did you get that idea from??

First of all, I very much think the original post was intended to be provocative. I point to the sentence about isn't it "funny". I think either of the two general categories of responses so far (either being offended or wanting to forcibly desensitize it) are defenseive in nature and can be split down some fairly well defined gender/culture/age/etc. lines. What's novel about it ?

But I also think the original post shows a level of discomfort as well. I can already tell you from the beginning what's going to happen when you start talking about this subject. I think the original post was design to imply a level of superiority above others. Perhaps to feed a shaky ego. And I think what most people find objectionable with this thread is being used as sort of a lab rat to deal with someone's own inhabitions. Which is one of the reasons why most forums have rules against "trolling".

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jun-2009, at 10:21 by Q' ]

17. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

To add to my previous post, I should add that maybe this site could have its own swingers club, for those whose sex tourism doesn't involve paying.

As for the theme of this thread, I don't read it as any more provocative than saying 'How would you define a drug tourist?'. With respect to Amsterdam a fair chunk of its tourist revenue is based around sex and drugs.

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting steff

What exactly should we discuss about sex tourism?

I'm talking about an open discussion about the lives that sex tourism affects, and whether ALL sex tourism is bad or does it do some good for some people?

Gee... I'm thinking it affects the lives of those who arrange said tourism, those who supply the actual services and those who are coughing up the bucks to both. Sadly, it's the one who renders the sexual services that usually gets the short end of the stick (as it were). Yes, some are very well-paid but that is dependent more on location than anything else. (Meaning SE Asia vs. The Netherlands vs. pick-a-spot.)

As for sex tourism (or being a sex tourist for that matter) as being all bad - no. Personally, I believe in legalized prostitution across the board. If one chooses sex as a profession (and not just out of desperation) then what is done between consenting adults is no one's business as long as a fair wage is earned. Fact of the matter - the sex tourism industry is not filled with consenting adults. So, yes, a certain amount of harm is done to the lives of those who were not allowed to make a conscious choice of their own. When it comes to those seeking sex tourism - it benefits some and doesn't others.

I worked for years with severely disabled people, and believe it or not, even people in wheelchairs need sex!!

Yes, they do. But, how many of them sought sex tourism as their outlet?

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I still believe the intent of this thread was one of provocativeness and to illicit responses that would allow Swept Away to return and comment on how everyone has gotten it all wrong. Having read every single one of his threads (in GT and OT), there is a particular modus operandi that runs through each and every one. I'm sure we'll find out soon enough how the "lab rats" have not navigated the maze correctly. (But, I digress...)

19. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting Buzzcock

As for the theme of this thread, I don't read it as any more provocative than saying 'How would you define a drug tourist?'.

Just so you don't misunderstand. What you feel is your own business.

20. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

I really was just going to let this thread slide...I was not offended, but didn't see the need to look at it...But Isa's Thread Novel is getting a slow start, and there is some self righteous commentary so......

preparing my pot stirrer

Listen, it is my experience that half of the granola crunching, clown pant wearing, dreadlock sporting backpacker set, took off in hopes of finding wandering trim. I consider this sex tourism. I lived in Colombia for over a year, in an apartment over a backpacker's hostel. I listened to plenty of midnight conversations from guys AND GIRLS who were just here to get laid by a local. I thought of them as Sex Collectors. I think that's sex tourism.

I spent lots of time in Belize, and got talking to the local guys because my whole point of travelling is to get a local perspective, yeah, it ain't special or innovative, but that's my bag. Lots of the Belize guys loved living in the coastal towns because busloads of divorcees and singletons and even married girls got off the bus and proceeded to cast about to get some local strange....

That is sex tourism. Hell How Stella Got Her Groove Back is basically a movie about sex tourism.

So it's not just seedy raincoat wearing male deviants going to Thailand to nail a ladyboy. Sex tourism is rampant.

Now, I hope you'll excuse me for approaching the question like it was a question and not an invitation to fight or pooh pooh.

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[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jun-2009, at 20:46 by Piecar ]