Wikivoyage:Sex tourism policy

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Sex tourism, for this discussion, is travel that includes engaging in sexual activities which might be illegal or less available in other areas.

Sometimes the term "sex tourism" is used specifically to refer to travel for the purpose of sex with children. Any information on that is against our policies and will be deleted on sight. Note that many Western countries have laws which allow prosecution of their citizens for this, even if the act takes place in another country. Also, the countries where it takes place are cracking down heavily on it. In Indonesia, for example, conviction carries a minimum ten-year sentence and the maximum is the death penalty.

It follows from the above, and from our illegal activities policy, that any mention of children or minors in the guides in relation to the provision of sexual services is totally unacceptable.

More generally, we prefer not to include information on purchased sexual services on Wikivoyage, including:

  • Locations or listings of brothels or bars that sell sexual services
  • Pricing info for prostitution
  • Tips for picking up prostitutes
  • "Quality" information on prostitutes in different destinations

This applies whether or not prostitution is legal in the destination.

Writers are welcome to describe other kinds of sex-related venues on Wikivoyage in a travel guide context, such as:

  • Strip clubs
  • Adult-oriented stores
  • Pornographic cinemas
  • Fetish clubs
  • LGBT venues (see Project:Information for gay and lesbian travellers‎)
  • Descriptions of locations or areas where prostitutes may be found—so-called "red light districts"—may be useful to non-sex tourists. For example, Amsterdam's red-light district is a major tourist attraction, even for those who aren't soliciting prostitutes. The same goes for bars, restaurants, hotels or other sights that may be of general interest.

Do not use euphemisms for sex or prostitution; for example, "massage" should be used strictly for its dictionary meaning and not as a euphemism for prostitution. Expressions like "single males will be happy at this hotel" should be avoided in favour of direct language.

See also Illegal activities policy and dating scams.