22 Sep '11, 12pm

40% of men visit Philippines for sex: US envoy

40% of men visit Philippines for sex: US envoy

Forty per cent of foreign men visiting the Philippines are sex tourists, the United States ambassador on Manila said on Thursday in comments that were quickly disputed by the government. -- ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO MANILA (AFP) - Forty per cent of foreign men visiting the Philippines are sex tourists, the United States ambassador on Manila said on Thursday in comments that were quickly disputed by the government. US ambassador Harry Thomas told a forum of Filipino judges and officials that corrupt officials were involved in a very visible sex trade, and challenged the legal profession to eliminate the 'scourge'. 'We know that 40 per cent of foreign men who come to the Philippines, including from the US, come for sexual tourism. That is not something I'm proud of. That's not something you should be proud of,' Mr Thomas said. He highlighted a high profile string of karaoke bars a...

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