Sex tourism in Madagascar

January 14, 2017Niry Fidelis

Madagascar must stop sex tourism and child prostitution


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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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