Currently, the economic inequality and tourism sex crisis has hit areas that seemed sensitive giving people an immoral devotion of how things operate. For instance, women are faced with this issues when diminished to certain levels by men who think money makes them superior. Evidently, I want to present a personal experience of the above notions through my various travels and indulgence with people of different cultures and social classes. Moreover, the global and social scene seems to have a mediocre social perspective on gender sensitive topics, more so in addressing discrimination of women’s rights and poverty in third world countries.
During my early years in school, my parents worked as diplomats, and I was able to travel to certain parts of the world, each of them with a different aspect of social alienation. For instance, during my travel to Africa, I was able to visit Kenya which has its most population living below the poverty line; nonetheless, there are still wealthy individuals and beautiful sceneries as we were able to stay in exotic hotels, Apparently, this is because much of the country’s wealth is dependent on tourism. During my visit, I noted a high level of poverty in the country’s suburbs with people living below a dollar a day regarding expenditure. In most parts, I could notice tourist from other countries seemingly concerned as they could take lots of pictures of the beautiful wildlife to the poor people shelters in the villages. I always questioned what could be the use of these pictures. Moreover, the continued tourism and pictures could have already changed the situation of the villagers, but this was not the case. The tourists only enjoyed the thriving wildlife and taking pictures, but most of them did not offer any assistance them but merely enjoyed their resources. Evidently, they just visited took pictures, but an amicable solution is what the people needed rather than just enjoying their culture without any help.
Notably, prostitution has been evident in the world for centuries, and with thriving industry such as the one in Saudi Arabia, there are various discussions on the legitimacy of the business. Countries such as Netherlands have already legalized prostitutions and people visit the country specifically to explore this market. Though it is deemed as morally incorrect among the social scene, it has seemingly saved the lives of these commercial sex workers in that country. Moreover, the legality of the profession is based on notions and perception of society, for instance, the religious activist has doomed it as an act of evil and a major cause of immorality in the world, coming from a Jewish household I stand no chance in opposing this explanation. Moreover, it is also placed in a professional job if put under scrutiny to ensure that those engaging in the act are put free of harm and the governments collect revenues from it (Abel and Taina). The campaigners also argue on the basis of choices that prostitution is based on one’s preference such as choice of taking a certain bar of chocolate despite the long-term health effects such as obesity.
In addition, as a freshman at Binghamton University in New York, I am focused to study notions of societies’ view on women and their negative notions on our education. Moreover, I am focused to ensure that I inform more girls on the continuing world issues and join programs on women empowerment on globalization to end poverty and sex work that is evident due to tourism. Evidently, through my various travels and association in different schools, I have witnessed lots of perception on poor people, women, and children being in situations inhumane and worse compared to the social aspects we witness in the U.S. Through my experience, I am determined to make a change and inform others so as to have a fair world.
Gender and economic inequalities in tourism
“Sex tourism requires Third World women to be economically desperate enough to enter into prostitution; having done so it is made difficult to leave. The other side of the equation requires men from affluent societies to imagine certain women, usually women of colour, to be more available and submissive than women in their own countries. Finally, the industry depends on an alliance between local governments in search of foreign currency and local foreign business willing to invest in sexualised travel”.
Evidently, tourism prostitution has held significance in the contemporary society, a lot of tourists are taking trips the foreign countries for the need of commercial sex despite tourism being a major player in the world economy. Commercial sex has remained a vividly researched industry, it mainly lie’s in the third world countries with economic inequalities and low employment levels for women thus their engagement in the sex trade. In this case, this paper presents the ordeal and situations that these women go through in perceptive of family, society and personal their fate in the hands of these sex motivated tourists. However, if the local governments provide better incentives on labor and provide employment opportunities, these women would have better social status and work on well-paying jobs not be in the humiliating aspect of the shaming business.
Firstly, the first global evidence of tourism prostitution started in South East Asia but is tremendously growing to other parts of the world from, Bangkok to African countries such as Kenya. Most of these countries have exhibited extreme levels of poverty thus the tourists taking advantage of the women there. However, there have been questions arising on the sustainability of these industries, some countries such as Costa Rica have already legalized the trade, this move has to raise queries whether it ethical or it’s just a way of economic development. Moreover with the industries’ main clients as men and the product of women have raised equality issues, in this case, set tourism should be discussed and considered by governments based on all legal and health matters to ensure the safety of its citizens.
Notably, despite the situation the women are prescribed through some of the sex tourisms, there is still another group of women playing ethical roles in the tourism industry. For instance, there is the issue of underpaid beach workers, attendants and hotel maids whose work is to cater for the well-being of the tourists but receive low pay; these women do this in seek of better livelihoods and only as a tourist is when you notice the orderly that they go through. For instance, in Portugal, they work in factories making garments that are used for the European fashion market and the women who wear them show up later in their beaches as a tourist. Such situations only depict the inequality and exploitation that the women have to endure to earn a living, moreover such situation bring disparities between women tourists and the locals who sometimes see them as mere creatures of privilege as they all work equally hard.
In addition, much of the tourism industry is evidently gendered for instance, since the olden times men were the ones considered as travelers., For instance, they were allowed to go the city and look for work, go the navy and even go for explorations but in any case when a woman did these it was deemed as immoral or she was told that she had despised family, this notion is exemplified to the tourism sector where most of the tourism are men, and the attendant of this industry remain as local women. Moreover, the women remain as primary players in the industry through their work in local hotels and beaches, in conclusion, tourisms continues to develop inequality in bases or revenue and system of governance promoting the financially sound and the political stable while peasants remain objects of the industry.