14 January 2017

Sex tourism in Madagascar

Nosy Be, Madagascar
Madagascar must stop sex tourism and child prostitution

In Nosy Be, one of the most tourist areas in Madagascar, a lot of men go in search of sex and sometimes also love. One could easily give it the dreary name of sexual tourism taking place in one of the poorest countries in the world: on one side misery and need and on the other money and presents which fulfilled the desire of an exotic adventure.
Nosy Be, especially Ambatuluka was exactly a brothel village and 60% of sex tourism was committed by the French. Other nationalities were not missing!
Mixed couples were quite common: there were some part-time marriages: she lived in Madagascar and he lived and worked in Europe, every three or four months he joined his Malagasy family; who knows if he has another wife in Europe? And then, there were the distant girlfriends (or lovers): the European man was going to Nosy Be every year for his holiday and there was a girl waiting for him. More frequently, however, the situation was given by the vacationers looking for girls or children who could give them a sexual company during their vacation. It cost around € 15.00 euros per night. I heard that the child sex tourism problem exists in other cities, like Tamatave, and Diego Suarez, as well as the capital city of Antananarivo; Often the family encouraged (justified by poverty) 
girls into prostitution. UNICEF estimates that 50% of the prostitutes in Madagascar are under the age of 18. In fact in Ambatuluka I often saw children with orders and it was really something disgusting. Madagascar has so many resources which can be developed without necessarily resorting to sex tourism.

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