Sex work in general has a lot less stigma around it than it did 50 years ago, and with destigmatization comes more transparency and less judgmentalism for those who participate in the industry.
This holds true for the sex tourist patrons of the industry as well as its workers, and it’s now no longer looked down upon to travel to a country for the purposes of sex tourism (though your mileage may vary; you probably don’t want to let your boss or close family know, for instance).
With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to venture abroad for the purposes of sex tourism. But as a neophyte to the practice, it can be extremely intimidating.
Where should you go, and how should a sex tourist go about inquiring about the services of sex workers? Which countries are the best places to get started?
There are a number of countries around the world that make excellent jumping-off points for newcomers to sex tourism.
Recently, we covered six wild sexual adventures every kinky tourist should experience. In this article, we plan to outline the five best destinations for sex tourism – and what makes them so great for beginners.
So, without further ado, let’s check out the five best countries for beginner sex tourists.
Possibly the most obvious sex tourism destination in the world, Thailand is famous (or infamous, depending on whom you ask) for its red-light district and the ease with which one can pay for sex there.
Thailand makes for such a great sex tourism destination precisely because of the fact that the industry is so well-established there.
There is absolutely no stigma attached to visiting Thailand for the purposes of sex, and you’re not going to be vilified or looked down upon for it.
What’s more, Thai sex workers are extremely welcoming of foreign clients, and will actively solicit you. This means that you won’t need to awkwardly shuffle up to the door of a place you suspect might be a brothel – they’ll come to you as soon as they spot you.
Thailand, then, is hands down one of the best places to get started for the budding sex tourist. Just exercise due caution as you would in any foreign country, and always remember to use protection.
Arguably as notable for its sex tourism as Thailand, the Philippines has an extremely active sex tourism industry – tempered by the ostensible piousness and Catholic-informed morality of Filipino society that makes it a little less sociably acceptable than Thailand.
And though many in the Philippines may frown upon sex work, that doesn’t mean that business isn’t booming.
In Manila and many other parts of the country (particularly Boracay, Cebu, and the so-called City of Sin – Angeles), it’s almost impossible not to find girly bars and brothels. In fact, you’ll be constantly fighting off girls looking to avail you of their services.
What’s more, sex work is completely open and you’re highly unlikely to be hassled by the locals or reprimanded in any way for doing it.
All of this makes the Philippines a great choice for first-time sex tourists.
Germany might not strike you as an obvious sex tourism destination, but in fact, sex work is a big part of the German economy – and, unlike most other places on this list, it’s completely legal.
This legality means that sex work is advertised extensively in Germany, and you can openly see signs for brothels throughout most major cities. It also means that there is no stigma attached to it at all, making it easy to visit such a brothel without fear of embarrassment or judgment.
It’s worth mentioning that most girls working in German brothels are not actually German, but hail from Bulgaria, Romania, or other Eastern European countries. Not that this is negative; the girls come to Germany because sex work is good money compared to what they’d earn back home, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
Germany is also one of the few places where you’ll see ‘mega-brothels’. Because they’re perfectly legal, they are extremely open, and some of them are huge, sprawling complexes that are a little like adult Disneylands.
The Kink Consult recently paid a visit to one of these Mega Brothels whilst taking a client to the annual Venus Erotic Fair in the capital of Berlin. You can read about it here!
The world’s most famous destination for legal prostitution, the Netherlands is as open and non-judgmental about sex work as its Teutonic neighbor.
Amsterdam’s red light district, De Wallen, is famous for its ‘window brothels’, where girls advertise their wares, and customers can simply go up and be taken into the small bedroom at the back.
Because the Netherlands’ sex industry is so well established and has a relatively long history, it’s a great location for beginner sex tourists who are looking to dip their toes (among other things). It’s easy, straightforward, and completely free of stigma.
The Czech Republic
Though brothels are not legal in the Czech Republic, the sale and purchase of sex is. This means that while it’s not quite as open as it is in Germany or the Netherlands, it’s nevertheless pretty open and socially acceptable, and nobody is going to judge you for visiting a whorehouse in the Czech Republic.
Despite the ban on brothels, you can actually find a couple of German-style mega-brothels in big cities like Prague.
These quasi-brothels, called “ShowParks”, are apartment buildings where each apartment is rented by a girl who pays merely for the rental of the apartment – and anything that goes on in that apartment is entirely the business of her and any ‘friends’ she takes back.
The Czech Republic operates in a legal grey area when it comes to prostitution then – but it is much cheaper than its western European counterparts, and is still relatively open about it.
Whether you’d rather get started with the sun, sea, sand, and wet pussy of Asian sex tourism destinations, or you’d rather get started in a less glamorous (but more regulated) European country, there are plenty of options for first-time sex tourists.
Just remember to research things ahead of time, abide by the law, and always stay safe. Most of all, have fun!