Share Icon. With the restrictions being developed in Southeast and East Asia and the lack of controls in African countries, the continent has become a favourite destination for sex tourists. However, little work has been done to examine this phenomenon in the African context. One of the key reasons for this lack of interest in research in this area is the absence of hard data coupled with the fact that sexual taboos still affect attitudes to the sex trade in Africa. Illustrated by in-depth empirical research from Kenya - one of the most popular country destinations in Africa for sex tourism - this book gathers much-needed statistics and data, and then critically examines the features of tourism and the sex trade, contextualizing this in relation to tourism development. It addresses the conditions which generate this social phenomenon and, while not taking a moralistic stance which it considers to be counter-productive, it questions whether this trade is exploitative in nature, particularly in cases of child sex tourism. It concludes by arguing that current policies based on knee-jerk, anti-sex trade reaction in an attempt to regulate the sex tourism industry need to be re-evaluated and re-focused. Back to Top.
In Africa, several countries have become havens for sex tourism. From mature women to young executives or businessmen, many well-known destinations are regularly frequented by Western tourists in search of pleasure who are looking to satisfy thier sexual desire or carry out practices which are punishable by imprisonment within their country of origin. Very often, men are singled out when dealing with sex tourism. Unfortunately, this practice is not limited to adults either. In recent years, sex tourism has become increasingly oriented towards younger and younger children — sometimes as young as eight years old. The children involved in sex tourism have either been left to fend for themselves or are children encouraged to enter into prostitution by their parents, guardians or by prostitution ring gang members.
The legal status of prostitution in Africa varies widely. It is frequently common in practice, partially driven by the widespread poverty in many sub-Saharan African countries,  and is one of the drivers for the prevalence of AIDS in Africa. In other countries, prostitution may be legal, but brothels are not allowed to operate. In some countries where prostitution is illegal, the law is rarely enforced.
By Osa Mbonu Feb 22, Already, quite a number of women from the western world are embarking on sex tourism trips to Africa. When they come, they are served, serviced and pampered, writes Tatenda Gwaambuka on how female sex tourists are exploiting African men. European women cannot get enough of it, but beyond the scenery, there is a new attraction drawing them in. When they want to have a good time no one will know about back home where they are held in high esteem, they come to Africa. Young men stage-manage romantic affairs with the older European women and get to wine and dine with them. It is possible also to upgrade the quality of this kind of tourism trip. Instead of calling it female sex tourism, it can be branded as female love tourism. So we can promote Africa as a female love tourism destination.