Sex Tourists Say They’re Going To Mexico To Escape #MeToo

Sex Tourists Say They're Going To Mexico To Escape #MeToo

MeToo and sex tourism

TIJUANA, Mexico — Hookerfucker1, as he’s known on Reddit, is like a lot of the men who come from the US to Tijuana looking for sex. Single and in his early thirties, he first went to the city’s red-light district four years ago because, he said, “I wasn’t getting laid in the US.”

“I was thirsty for sex, and knew TJ had a reputation for sex tourism,” he told BuzzFeed News in an email exchange.

On Reddit, Hookerfucker1 has become something of an evangelist for Tijuana’s sex industry, dispensing tips to newbies and veterans on everything from where to park on the US side of the border to negotiating at the bars and strip clubs on Calle Coahuila, the sex workers’ main drag.

There are reasons men prefer sex workers in Tijuana to those in the US, said Hookerfucker1, a tech worker from San Diego who provided BuzzFeed News with a picture of a VIP membership card from the Hong Kong Gentlemen’s Club, one of Tijuana’s most famous brothels. Because sex work is legal in Mexico, it’s simple to set up a meeting. “You can go to a strip club, call an escort agency, or hit up a massage parlour. It’s an easy, prepackaged sex destination,” he said. The women “are the type you can invite to a nightclub or restaurant and no one would suspect she’s a hooker.” Full Story

MeToo; New York rape reports up 22%

Reports of rape in New York City were up 22 per cent in 2018, partially thanks to victims being empowered to come forward amid the #MeToo movement, the city’s mayor has said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was speaking at a monthly crime statistics meeting on Thursday, said he agreed with the New York Police Department (NYPD) that a “historic underreporting is finally being addressed”.

There were 1,795 reports of rape in the city over the past year, 328 more than 2017, according to police. Officials said 401 incidents of reported rapes happened in previous years, up from 250 historic rape reports in 2017.

“I think the #MeToo movement is a part of it,” Mr De Blasio said.   Full Story

MeToo and the new sex scene

We would never have complained to staff about a horribly handsy guy in a bar. You just dealt with it, signalling to friends via facial expressions to come and save you. Harassment was perfectly ordinary.

But that was in a world before Weinstein. Since the seismic shock of the #MeToo movement has rippled through every major industry, and what constitutes acceptable sexual conduct has become a matter of public debate, I’ve found myself wondering how, if at all, this particular part of the travel trade might be impacted. The abuse of maids and housekeepers has been well-documented (so much so that the Las Vegas union representing more than 14,00 hotel workers has asked for panic buttons to be installed in hotels), but little has been made of the 18-30 arena.

Metoo movement is changing  views on oversexualised behaviour

In my experience, on these holidays, not only was overly sexualised behaviour such as near-pornographic games and flashing in clubs standard, drunken “boys will be boys” behaviour (often perpetrated by women too) which would now be viewed as criminal was normalised by an “anything goes culture”.

But in an era where individuals have been empowered to take ownership over their own bodies, calling out those who transgress physical boundaries, will the lewd behaviour associated with 18-30 holidays have to go? And if so, where does responsibility begin and end? Is the onus on the travel companies and venue proprietors, or is it with young people themselves? Full Story

After MeToo Canada experiences a large increase in sexual assault complaints

Quebec saw the largest increase in sexual assaults reported to police, rising 61 per cent after. MeToo. The rate jumped to 20 complaints per 100,000 population from 12.4.

Newfoundland and Labrador saw the second highest increase, rising 36 per cent, and Manitoba was next at 27 per cent. The other provinces and territories were below the national average increase of 24 per cent.

Nationally, the figures show an average of 74 sexual assaults reported to police per day after. MeToo, compared with 59 per day before.

The study looks at sexual assaults reported to police that were subsequently deemed to be a founded criminal offence. It does not include all complaints, and the accusations have not necessarily led to criminal charges.

“This sharp increase in police-reported sexual assaults following the #MeToo movement does not necessarily reflect a rise in the prevalence of sexual assaults in Canada, but is likely attributable to a combination of factors, including an increased willingness of victims to report to police,” the study’s authors wrote. Full Story

Other stories of interest

A clear illustration of why we often refer to experts as jackasses  (Nov 15)