The World Bank, Tourism, and Sex Work Essay

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The World Bank, Tourism, and Sex Work "...International Travel, Tours and Vacations to the Philippine Islands, Services and Assistance to Single Individuals Seeking a Romantic Relationship plus Assistance with U.S. Immigration Visa Requirements...." (M-H Travel, 1).

This sex tour is just one example of the direct links of tourism associated with sex work in Asia. While specifically analyzing the implications of tourism on prostitution/sex work supported by organizations such as the World Bank, which is profit seeking and economically focused, Thailand and the Philippines seem to be two very affected nations struggling with the issue. There is significant evidence, such as official documents, personal accounts, interviews, and scholarly
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The main focus is on helping the poorest people and the poorest countries, but for all its clients the bank emphasizes the need for: Promoting reforms to create a stable macroeconomic environment, conducive to investment and long term planning. Equally important is whether developing countries are able to put into place the policies and structural reforms which can provide the basis for strong growth" (World, 1). These official statements from the World Bank help to better explain their mentality. Their capitalist discourse is apparent in their aim for a "stable macroeconomic environment". Every document that I read, which was well over fifty documents, published by the World Bank, contained an economic discourse, oftentimes capitalist, which also seemed to assert that the Bank undeniably knew what was right. They define "poor" as people with no money and thus they feel the need to help "develop" a "poor" nation with certain policies and structural reforms, which they believe, are fitting. They do this without realizing that indigenous people do not necessarily want paper money as a pseudo-simulator for happiness- they often use the land, what people want, to build infrastructures for economic growth under their plan of development that includes tourism. An example of such peoples are the Chipko tribe in the Doon Valley, who protested the destruction of their mountain
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