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When conscience takes a vacation

Red light districts are often tourist attractions, like here in Amsterdam. (DW photo)

A lot of travellers are looking for erotic adventures abroad — and are willing to pay for them. But many tourist destinations have shied away from addressing the issue.

When night falls on the Playa de Palma, Mallorca’s most important vacation area, street prostitution comes to life. Women, most of whom come from Nigeria, publicly offer their services just a few hundred meters from the beach. Virtually all thier customers are vacationers.

“Tourists are clearly driving up the demand for prostitution on Mallorca,” says Rocio Lopez from the aid organisation Medicos del Mundo, which aims to strenghten the rights of sex workers on…

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