Mexico, the “Bangkok of Latin America” ​​for an increase in sex tourism


According to data from SIPINNA, some of the citizens who come from the US, Canada, England and Holland come to the country in search of having a sexual encounter with minors.

Child sex tourism in Mexico is a practice that is growing in recent years, alerted the National System for the Integral Protection of Children and Adolescents (SIPINNA), to the extent that it is already considered “The Bangkok of Latin America” ​​because It is estimated that 20 thousand minors have been victims of prostitution in the country.

In an interview with El Sol de Mexico , Ricardo Bucio Mújica, head of SIPINNA, made it clear that the federal government is taking the necessary actions to deal with this crime and said that Cancun is located in the unwelcome fourth place in the field of sex tourism childcare, while in other tourist destinations such as Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Mexico City are kept on the spotlight alert for the high indigence of this crime.

“Basically it is Cancun that has the greatest influx and this is of great concern. But we are also concerned that cases are being reported in Mexico City, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, “he said.

He explained that an operation is being deployed where the Secretariat of Tourism has been included, as well as with the Attorney’s Offices and State Prosecutor’s Offices so that, together with hoteliers, restaurateurs and entertainment centers, this practice is directly combatted.

“There are warning lights because it is a situation that is being linked to organized crime, where a large number of people or sectors of the tourism industry are participating and which is being very poorly attended.”


In the study “Trafficking in the Tourism Sector” revealed the high rate of sexual exploitation of minors occurs in the main tourist destinations of the country such as Acapulco, Cancun-Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta.

According to data provided by SIPINNA, it is established that the System for the Integral Development of the Family affirms that more than 20 thousand minors were victims of prostitution, being sexual exploitation as the most frequent complaint in the cities of Tijuana, Acapulco, Cancun and Guadalajara.

Details that 36 percent (18 of 50) of cases of sex tourism with children are committed by citizens from the United States and Canada, who come for short periods to develop pornographic material with Mexican children and return to their countries to market it.

There are also cases of citizens coming from England, Holland and Germany in search of having a sexual encounter with minors

Regarding cases of trafficking or sale of children between countries, SIPINNA stresses that this occurs at the borders of Mexico with the United States and Guatemala, although it is also known that Japanese citizens travel to Cancun and Guadalajara to take some girls in exchange for money.

It was pointed out that poverty is one of the factors that forces children to earn a living in whatever way, regardless of whether they suffer abuse and risk their health.

The data maintain that Mexico is considered by sex tourists as “The Bangkok of Latin America” ​​and that children and adolescents in street situations are the most vulnerable to the techniques of capture and abuse by wealthy tourists.

“Mexico along with Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Costa Rica are countries that are internationally identified as sources of sexual commerce of consumers from the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, mainly,” says SIPINNA.


Ricardo Bucio, Executive Secretary of SIPINNA, indicated that a monitoring plan is maintained in Quintana Roo, due to the fact that the authorities of this state activated the alert on the increase in child sex tourism.

Given this and according to data from the report The commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in travel and tourism in Mexico, points out that in the tourist centers of Quintana Roo have been efforts to combat trafficking, prostitution and pornography with minors.

In the report, it is inferred that it was detected that middle and high school students are the ones who are involved in issues related to prostitution and pornography, being mainly men who access these types of issues.

It was also discovered that there are catalogs of young people and the prostitution of young people has been maintained through the escorts or with a new expression used as the “sugar babies”.

The text shows that the places where meetings with minors are offered are spas, table dance, hotels, appointment houses, luxury apartments and security houses.

It is abundant that in relation to the supply chain, staff from travel agencies located at the airport, taxi drivers, dealers, bracelets, bartenders and surveillance personnel are the ones that promote this type of practices.

In relation to the victims, the relation to the ages in which they are incorporated into sexual exploitation was recorded in the case of children from 8 years of age and in the case of girls from 10 years of age.

Around the sex offender, so far there is no unique profile, although it has been recorded that the majority are older tourists and the LGBTI population, occasional tourists who visit the area through congresses or entrepreneurial activities, tourists nationals and travelers from other states who arrive for industrial supplies, among others.

The report makes clear that the lack of the correct application of the laws, impunity and the lack of denunciation have caused that there is no real sanction for those who practice child sex tourism.


The Executive Secretary of SIPINNA, Ricardo Bucio Mujica, considered that child sex tourism “should not only be a crime of the common law but should have an attraction for prevention of private initiative, but there is no public capacity to face this situation “

He emphasized that trafficking and sexual tourism are also quite invisible situations because there is no adequate real framework or an organization to address this focus and this effect that children have in order to prevent them.

Finally, he said that the investigation should be denounced and followed, so “in the best case there may be some type of intervention, but normally there are no public policies from the municipality to the Federation to prevent it.”

Source: el sol de mexico

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