Sex Tourism Growing in Colombia

Sextourism is a hot growth industry in Colombia.The region is set to become the new Costa Ricafor sex travelers. Sex tourism entrepreneurs are flocking to Colombiaundeterred by recession, paramilitaries, poverty and rising crime. Thecountry’s ample supply of young beautiful women willing to engage in sex workas a source of income has attracted crowds of sex tourist and those who caterto their needs for a price.

 

Thecity of Medellin was oncefamous for its drug lords. Now the city is known for the proliferation offoreign owned bed and breakfast type establishments catering to sex tourists.These establishments offer the basic amenities that one would expect to find ina lodging facility but they also provide prostitutes to their guests. There is somevariation on the business models. Some locations leave the price of sexualservices up to negotiation between the guest and the girls. Others follow anall-inclusive model where sexual services are bundled with the cost of lodging.

 

TheDown Under Group’s MedellinMansion,known simply as “The Mansion” among frequent Colombiasex travelers, is the pioneer sex tourist bread and breakfast. It was startedup by an Australian farmer turned sex entrepreneur who goes by the name ofAussie Greg. He is quite a colorful character with a love of Medellinrum and a penchant for Colombian girls. Thanks to Greg’s wild barbeque parties,guided tours of local whorehouses, and club-hopping at trendy nightclubs likeMango’s, the establishment has built a loyal base of repeat clientele. Sextourists trying to book a stay at The Mansion will need to plan well in advanceor risk not being able to find a vacancy.

 

AfterThe Mansion’s resounding success, other entrepreneurs sought to imitate itsbusiness model. Soon other guesthouse/brothel establishments followed likeMedellin Executive Hotel, Club VIP, Girlfriend4aweek and others. However, allof this activity has not gone without incident. The Mansion was invaded byarmed robbers who tied up guests and staff making off with computers, cameras,cash and jewelry. Guests at other establishments have not been immune to crimeeither.

 

Regardlessof these setbacks sex tourists are still visiting Medellin, Cali,Cartagena, Barranquilla andBogota.Sex tourism investors are expanding their facilities into these areas to takeadvantage of the demand for lodging with English speaking staff and in housesex services. If this boom in the erotic vacation industry continues Colombia may soon replace Costa Rica as Latin America’s premier sex tourismdestination.


 

 

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