Italy’s sex tourism boom, tourism numbers fall as sex tourism crackdown ends
Italy’s tourism industry is in danger of being hit by a government crackdown after a new law to ban the sex tourism industry came into force.
Key points:A new sex tourism law came into effect on Friday, banning the sex industry from tourism activities in the south and north of the country for the first timeThe law bans the sex business from being conducted within 200m of a church, mosque or other religious siteThe law also bans the trafficking of minors in ItalyA government official said the new law was “very bad news” for the tourism industry, but the law has also caused an “epidemic” of sex tourism.
The Italian government has issued a ban on the sex trade and prostitution, while sex tourism is banned in most of the rest of the southern and north-western part of the state.
It has also restricted visitors from visiting the tourist resorts of Valletta and Pescara.
The new legislation has been signed by President Sergio Mattarella and his party, but has not been enforced.
Italy has a large population of mainly Roma, a traditionally lower-class group who have been a key source of tourism revenue.
The region is home to a sizeable Italian diaspora, with Italians from around the world living there.
The crackdown is part of a drive by the government to crack down on the trafficking and sex tourism of people from the north-west and south-east of the European Union.
Italy’s interior minister has said the move will “stifle” the sex-trafficking trade in Italy.
Italy is not the only European country to face pressure from the government over its sex tourism laws.
Germany is also under pressure over the issue after a report in Germany’s daily Bild newspaper said there was a rise in trafficking in the country from 2011 to 2016.
Topics:government-and-politics,government-to-government,travel-and_tourism,crime,law-crime-and–justice,world-politics-and/orwell-institute,italyFirst posted March 18, 2021 16:59:09Contact Antony Green