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40 Percent of Men Visit the Philippines For Sex?

Posted By admin Saturday, October 29, 2011

An official of the United States in Manila, the Philippines declared the Philippines has become one of the sex tourist destination in the world. As many as 40 percent of foreign men who visited the Philippines intends to obtain sexual services.

U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas said in a forum of judges and officials of the Philippines that the role of corrupt officials in the sex trade is very clear. He challenged the legal profession to eliminate 'scourge' is.

"We know 40 percent of foreign men who come to the Philippines, including the U.S., comes to sexual tourism. It is not something I'm proud of. It's not something to be proud of," said Thomas.

He highlighted the many karaoke bars and clubs along Roxas Boulevard, Manila one of the main road called 'sex lines'. In this place also where the U.S. embassy.

"Corruption allows the company continues to operate. Local officials will look for other ways to make profit. These officials have multiple errors."

Thomas praised the Philippines to increase efforts to fight human trafficking, but emphasized the need to continue to be done and promised the U.S. would provide assistance.

"Any U.S. citizen who was captured and engaging in cybersex crime or should be prosecuted to the full extent of law and we will help (you)," Thomas said he told the Minister of Justice Leila de Lima.

Prostitution is illegal in the Philippines which is a Catholic country in Asia. But the growing sex trade activity in the open in urban areas, including Manila.

The Philippine government denied the claims of Thomas. "Of course it is something that we want our cut. We're not sure where this statistic comes from," said assistant secretary Domingo Tourism Enario told AFP news agency quoted from news.au.com.

Tourism department spokesman Benito Bengzon also stressed that sex tourism is not part of the government campaign.

Philippines noted, the number of tourists in 2010 amounted to 3.5 million people. The government is targeting to acquire 6 million foreign tourists visit in 2016.

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