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SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE TOURISM – THE DARK SIDE OF TOURISM Print E-mail

Janez Mekinc , Katarina Music

Abstract

The underlying causes of sexual exploitation and prostitution are poverty, inequality between women and men, high population growth and rural - urban migration. Victims are, predominantly, women and children with lower socio-economic status. One particular form of sexual exploitation is child sex tourism. This ruthless exploitation of children can be found throughout the world, predominantly in the third world and developing countries. Children, mainly between the ages of 6 to 14 years, are trapped in a vicious battle between large impoverished families who are dependent on their support, and a society that ruthlessly exploits them. In line with the trend in increasing child exploitation, there is, also, increasing exploitation of children for the purposes of child sex tourism. Based on the analysis of forms, reasons, impacts, consequences and trends of child sex tourism, it has been possible to develop from these findings some necessary measures to prevent this practice from occurring. Analysis of the phenomenon of child sex tourism has highlighted some fundamental conditions for preventing it becoming a social phenomenon. These include the strict implementation of laws against child labour and the political will to enforce them.

Key words: tourism, sexual exploitation of children, child sex tourism, poverty, social discrimination

Ph.D. Janez Mekinc is associate professor and researcher at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Katarina Music is assistant and researcher at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Cite this article:
Mekinc Janez, Music Katarina. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE TOURISM – THE DARK SIDE OF TOURISM. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.2:64-85, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art04

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no2-art04

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