No Problem Mon … Sex trafficking Rampant in Jamaica … ‘Demand’ report on the Business of Sex Trafficking & Tourism
These days there is more than meets the eye in the Caribbean when it comes to vacations, warm weather, sandy beaches and blue oceans. The sex trafficking industry has become part of the economy of sex tourism. However, the business of sex trafficking is becoming a worldwide epidemic that no one is safe from. The “Demand” report focused on Jamaica, Japan, The Netherlands and the United States on the business of sex trafficking and sex tourism.
The report and documentary titled ‘Demand’, from the women and children advocacy organisation, Shared Hope International, was an investigative research in Jamaica, Japan, The Netherlands and the United States, focusing on the business of sex trafficking and sex tourism.
The report showed that Jamaica’s tourist industry, primarily its adult-only resorts, encourages tourists to demand any pleasure they wish. The report stated that Jamaica’s economic dependence on tourism and extensive poverty create a culture of ‘making do’ in which prostitution of youth is common. (The Jamaica Gleaner)
SHI’s 12 month investigation of commercial sexual exploitation in the culturally, economically, and historically diverse nations of Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States revealed that each country shares a culture of tolerance allowing major markets for local and international sex tourism and trafficking to flourish. In the United States, the investigations in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Washington, DC found that large numbers of American children are prostituted on the streets, through escort services, and in pornography and erotic dancing, and large numbers of American men are buying these services.
A variety of government agencies and non-governmental organizations have dedicated themselves to creating legislation that assists victims and increases enforcement. One of those laws is the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The FBI, in conjunction with the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children, has also created the Lost Innocence Task Force to infiltrate and apprehend traffickers.