References to Asia often bring to mind the stunning beauty of the Orient. Rich cultural tradition coupled with unique design and architecture make Asia appear to be an almost mythical culture to Western citizens. While it is indeed true that Asia is associated with an exotic culture deeply entrenched in historical discourse, researchers examining this region of the globe have note that the region is also struggling to come to terms with maintaining culture in the wake of rapid industrialization and globalization. Although countries such as China have worked hard to balance tradition and progress, it is clear that the changes that have taken place in the country have placed notable stress on citizens. At the present time, many Asian citizens are being economically marginalized because of such rapid development.
[...] In addition to the fact that local governments have policies in place in order to stop the practice of child sex trade the international community has also begun cracking down on his practice. The United Nations has firmly supported the development of human rights policies that protect the rights of society's most vulnerable citizens. Although sanctions have been placed against countries actively participating in the child sex trade the international community has no effective means for enforcing the policies that it has created. [...]
[...] Even though the child sex trade has grown as a result of an increasing standard of living in many Asia countries—i.e. rapid industrialization has led to rapid commercialization which has fueled the standard of living for many families—sex tourism is the most significant contributor affecting the overall development of the child sex trade in Asia. Rao (1999) in his examination of sex tourism provides a clear overview of the practice. In his review, Rao notes the following as critical to the process of sex tourism: Sex tourism is a purely physical encounter in which the partner is no more than an animated object. [...]
[...] Other researchers examining the child sex trade in Asia note that of the more than 250,000 prostitutes that work in this region are under the age of 16 (Bartlett, 2005). In addition, statistical data indicates that seven out of 10 children in Asia live in poverty. As a direct result of this poverty 86% of all child prostitutes are sold into the profession by family members (Bartlett, 2005). A lack of standardization in the sex trade industry has served as the basis for the spread of disease. [...]
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