Child sex tourism is a criminal multi-billion-dollar industry believed to involve as many as 2 million children around the world. Child sex tourism (CST) is a travel to a foreign country for the purpose of engaging in commercial sexual abuse of children. As a form of sexual exploitation of children, child sex tourism results in both mental and physical consequences for the exploited children, that may include “disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and possibly death”, according to the State Department of the United States.
The majority of individuals who engage in child sex tourism are situational child sex exploiters. Situational child sex exploiters are people who may not have traveled with the intent to sexually exploit children, but just accepted an offer made or were influenced by peers, advertising, or other media. The minority of individuals are pedophiles or preferential child sex exploiters. These are people whose sexual identity focuses on younger children. Arthur Kaye, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice clinical psychologist has stated that although stronger laws against child sex tourism may deter situational offenders who may act impulsively, pedophiles who travel specifically for the purpose of exploiting children are not easily deterred. According to Carol Smolenski, executive director at ECPAT-USA, part of an international organization that combats child sex tourism, pedophiles use the internet to plan their trips by seeking out and trading information about opportunities for child sex tourism and where the most vulnerable children can be found, generally in areas of low income.
Oh yes, child lovers “LOVE” children, that’s why they go to the poorest, bleakest sections of an impoverished country so they can exploit weak, starving, and desperate children for sex.