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Erica Lorraine Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037931

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037931.001.0001

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Sex Tourism in Bahia

Erica Lorraine Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the parameters and structure of Salvador's sex tourism industry. Drawing on ethnographic interviews with tour guides and tourism industry workers, it explores the complexities of tourism, race, and sexuality in Salvador. The chapter begins by considering issues of class as they relate to Italian tourists. It then discusses the ways in which sex tourism has been defined and understood in academic scholarship, in the popular media, in government anti–sex tourism campaigns, and by interviewees. It also probes how the Brazilian government defines sex tourism as a manifestation of child sexual exploitation and assesses the perspectives of tour guides and tourism industry workers about how sex tourism operates in Salvador. Finally, it presents case studies that illustrate how Italian men are constructed as the quintessential sex tourists as well as how discourses of class status distinguish who may be considered a sex tourist.

Keywords:   sex tourism, tour guides, tourism industry workers, race, sexuality, Salvador, sex tourists, class, child sexual exploitation

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