Illustrated by in-depth empirical research from Kenya - one of the most popular country destinations in Africa for sex tourism - this book gathers much-needed statistics and data, and then critically examines the features of tourism and the sex trade, contextualizing this in relation to tourism development. It addresses the conditions which generate this 'social problem' and, while not taking a potentially problematic moralistic stance it questions whether this trade is exploitative in nature, particularly in cases of child sex tourism. It then critically evaluates the current policies in place to regulate the sex tourism industry and provides suggestions for future direction.
Wanjohi Kibicho is a lecturer in the Department of Tourism, Moi University, Kenya
'Wanjohi Kibicho has written an informed text on Kenya's sex tourism, and has given a voice to various stakeholders, commercial sex workers (male and female), clients of both sexes, and those who have to enforce laws that are seen by many as ensconced in nineteenth century norms of "respectability". The result is a book that will appeal to both policy makers and researchers.' Chris Ryan, University of Waikato, New Zealand 'Sex Tourism in Africa is a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the intersection of tourism and sexuality. The macro-perspective approach offers new insights into the dynamics of how policy and agency are impacted by socioeconomic and political factors. This book will be essential reading for students and professionals who are seeking a thorough, non-moralistic case study with the potential for wider theoretical and practical application.' Suzanne LaFont, The City University of New York, USA