The Philippines has always been a hotbed of sex tourism.
Since the 1970s, thousands of women have traveled from the Philippines to Thailand, mostly for business.
The country has the world’s highest number of sex tourists per capita, according to a 2014 report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
But Thailand is just the latest country to be hit by sex tourism after the Philippines.
Last month, an international team of scientists from a group called Sex Tourism International discovered a massive increase in the number of women traveling to Thailand in the past decade.
In their report, published last week, the scientists traced the surge in sexual tourism to the country’s anti-discrimination laws.
“Thailand is a country that has been very tolerant of LGBT people and women who are in same-sex relationships,” said researcher Paul Gautier.
“But now they have become more intolerant.”
According to the researchers, the government passed anti-bullying laws in 2016 that were widely interpreted as anti-LGBT.
But some critics of the legislation say it also creates a loophole for sexual predators.
So far, the Philippines has only passed a few anti-sex tourism laws.
It’s not clear how many women have gone to Thailand for sexual purposes, but some have reported to Human Rights Watch that they’ve visited in excess of 100,000.
According to one Thai tourist, she was traveling to Bangkok when she met her boyfriend on the island of Phuket and fell in love.
“I don’t think there are many women in Thailand who are open about their sexuality,” she said.
“We’re talking about an extreme number.”
So far this year, there have been no reported cases of sexual assaults in Thailand.
“If this trend continues, I think that Thailand is going to become more of a hotspot for this sort of activity,” said Gautiers study co-author David M. O’Connor, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia.
He said that while Thai authorities should take a strong stance against the exploitation of sex workers, the country is still in the midst of a political crisis.
“The main political opposition, the Democratic Party, is on the verge of being dissolved,” O’Donnell said.
The government has been in power since 2004, and has ruled the country with an iron fist since 2015.
Ondon, the researcher, said it’s unclear how Thai authorities can stop the sexual exploitation of women.
He added that he hopes the Philippine government can work with international organizations like Human Rights Now and Amnesty International to address the issue.
In Thailand, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is currently investigating allegations that some Thai sex workers were beaten and forced to perform sex acts.
In February, a woman said she had been raped by five men, but she did not tell her employers about the attack.
Human Rights First, a human rights organization, has also raised concerns about Thailand’s sexual exploitation law.
The law does not criminalize the exploitation or hiring of people as sex workers.
But it does criminalize those who knowingly hire people for sexual activities that are prohibited by the law.
“This law is a serious human rights violation, but the Philippine authorities have failed to take this issue seriously enough to prosecute offenders,” said Human Rights Foundation International Asia president and Philippines resident, Maria R. Ocampo.
“There’s a clear gap between the Philippine law and the Philippine police’s ability to investigate and prosecute sex traffickers.
That gap should be filled.”
According the Human Rights Institute, only one other country in the world has laws that criminalize trafficking in sex.
Thailand has two, though.
The Philippine Penal Code prohibits the recruitment, trafficking, offering for hire, or possession of child pornography, among other crimes.
And Thailand has a law on the books that criminalizes “sexual coercion,” which is defined as “sexual touching or manipulation of someone with intent to induce or control another person in the performance of a sexual act.”
The Philippines is not the only country with a law that specifically prohibits the hiring of sex traffickers, but it is one of the few countries to criminalize them.
According a 2014 study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Philippines was the third country in Asia to enact a sex trafficking law.
It also has a child sex tourism law, which prohibits the exploitation and trafficking of children, as well as an anti-trafficking law.
Since 2015, the UN has called for the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement a sex tourism counter-traffic strategy.
And last year, the Philippine Congress passed a law requiring all sex workers to undergo training.
“While it is too early to know the full scope of sex trafficking in the Philippines, we have seen significant increases in trafficking in recent years,” said Sarah Hockney, senior director of policy at the International Organization for Migration.
“Our country needs to continue to improve its anti-child trafficking laws, and the Philippines should