Richard Florida May 3, Prostitution proliferated near British military bases worldwide during the latter part of the 18th century and emerged more recently near US military bases in Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, establishing these areas as preferred destinations for sex. In Italy and Spain, studies indicate that sex with a prostitute may be considered a rite of passage or an expression of individuality. Child pornography and prostitution of any kind are illegal on the Internet, and international efforts to shut down related Web sites have been reasonably successful. Last Thursday, a dozen secret service agents sent to provide security for US President Barack Obama, were relieved from duty and replaced with other agency personnel after an incident of alleged misconduct.
The trafficking–tourism link
Two women suspected of pimping the girls were arrested — then released. With more tourists visiting Latin America in recent years, child sex tourism is also an increasing problem.