Female sex tourism

Female sex tourism is sex tourism by women who travel intending to engage in sexual activities with one or more locals, usually male sex workers. Female sex tourists may seek aspects of the sexual relationship not typically shared by male sex tourists, such as perceived romance and intimacy.[2] Women who fit this profile – especially wealthy, single, older white women – plan their holidays to have romance and sex with a companion who knows how to make them feel special and give them attention.[3][4][5] The prevalence of female sex tourism is significantly lower than male sex tourism.[6]

Map of female sex tourism[1]
  Countries of origin: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
  Countries of destination: Albania, Balkans, Cambodia, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Tobago, Turkey, Vietnam.

Female sex tourism occurs in diverse regions of the world. The demographics of female sex tourism vary by destination, but in general female sex tourists are usually classified as women from a developed country, who travel to less developed countries in search of romance or sexual outlets.[7]

Female sex tourists can be grouped into three types:

  • Traditional sex tourists, who have similar characteristics and motives as male sex tourists.[7]
  • Situational sex tourists, who do not intentionally put themselves in a sex tourist position, but find themselves involved in a sexual encounter with local men. Situational sex tourists may fall into the category of either being businesswomen, students, women in overseas conferences or other women who have different agendas that are non-sexual.[2]
  • Romance tourists, who plan to fulfill their travel with romantic experiences that they cannot experience in their native country.[8]

With this movement of different populations to different countries, problems concerning health increase, especially ailments involving sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. Women involved with sex tourism do not use barrier contraceptives during the majority of their visit, leaving them and the men they have sex with unprotected against STIs.[9]