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sex tourism

Syllabification: sex tour·ism

Definition of sex tourism in English:

noun

The organization of vacations with the purpose of taking advantage of the lack of restrictions imposed on prostitution and other sexual activities by some foreign countries.
Example sentences
  • Another means of distributing child pornography worldwide is through sex tourism, which uses prostitution rings.
  • The alleged paedophiles face charges ranging from ‘rape and sexual assault to sex tourism and creating and possessing child porn’, according to police sources.
  • As ironic as eco-tourism is sex tourism, which generates an estimated revenue of US $20 thousand million.

Derivatives

sex tour

1
noun
Example sentences
  • They're about as likely to fund a legalization campaign as they are to give him an all-expenses-paid vacation in Bermuda or - as long as we're throwing around groundless insinuations - a free sex tour in Thailand.
  • So especially if you're a European or North American pedophile thinking of coming here on a sex tour: don't.
  • First he condemns sex tourism at the United Nations, and now he's going on a sex tour!

sex tourist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The ultimate risk holiday is that of the sex tourist, where men or women travel long distances with the intention of having sex.
  • Under English law a sex tourist can be prosecuted here even if he has sex with a child in Thailand: surely prosecuting someone for promoting racial hatred on a US-hosted website can't be that different?
  • ‘He's a politically incorrect, middle-aged sex tourist with very particular views about race and about sex,’ he continues.

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