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December 3, 2012 |  3 comments |  Print  Your Research  

Term Paper: Child-sex Tourism in Cartagena

Andrea Valencia: The purpose of this research project is to describe the factors that have led the children in Cartagena, Colombia to get involved in the booming industry of sex-tourism, including the methodology to be used as well as the literature review.

As the literature reviews demonstrates the gap in research regarding child sex tourism in the Cartagena and as there are no scholarly articles written in English or Spanish. It thus, becomes crucial to undergo scholarly research in the area to determine the factors causing the encouragement of children to the market. The research will be qualitative in nature, requiring the researcher to travel to the city and use snowball sampling to gather a sample of 50 children. Using Fundacion Renacer, a non-governmental organization that works to provide services to children who are or who were involved in sexual exploitation, as the main source for gathering data around the city. The research would be a stepping-stone to encouraging further research in the area and hopes to shed light on the government to take action to the increasing sexual exploitation of minors in this soon to become "Thailand of the Americas" (Castaneda, 2009).

Andrea Valencia is a student at New York University.

 
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K.  Billy

December 3, 2012

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You are undertaking a worthwhile study and a very ambitious one. Having read your proposal it seems as though your only point of reference is the Fundacion Renacer. Are there any other organizations that can help you in your endeavors and actually guarantee you access to these children? Going it alone seems very optimistic but due to the sensitivity of the topic and the ages I wonder if you will have a substantial group to analyze. Also how are you operationalizing your variables? What would the results mean seeing as though you have outlined many questions. Are you looking for specific answers or do you have a specific reason in mind why you feel these children are in the life?

I am undertaking a similar project as I work with a local organization that aids victims of sex-trafficking but I aim to look at a couple states on the Tier lists of the Trafficking in Persons Report and gage what differentiates them in terms of enforcement mechanisms (nationally and internationally) i understand that you are looking to policy and question what else can be implemented to ward off these violations but I argue that policy is nothing without enforcement so as you stated in your paper that current policy from the international to the national level has done little to combat this, then why not look at mechanisms of enforcement as the next logical step of command.

Overall, this is a very relevant topic and I wish you well in your study.
 
Gwendolyn N Akoto

December 6, 2012

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Andrea, This is a wonderful project you are doing. I think that it is great that you are not only bringing awareness to Child Sex Tourism in Cartagena, in order to stop the problem, but you are also creating research data that has not existed before. In your proposal, you mention that you plan to interview the children but I wonder if they would feel comfortable in doing so. Perhaps you should consider more strategical trust gaining techniques that will allow the children to open up more easily.

Also, I think it would be a great addition to personalize the research on the children by not just asking questions but by following them day to day and their daily activities. This way you'll have a more thorough evaluation of their hardships. It will also allow you to see any dynamics or complexities that may exist within the problem.

I wish all the best in your research! Here is an article I found regarding your topic. I found it to be very interesting, check it out!

http://www.plusnews.org/Report/81528/COLOMBIA-Sex-tourism-booming-o...
 
Ana  Maria Defillo

December 11, 2012

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Hi Andrea,

This is a great study you are undertaking and I am looking forward to reading the results. Is this your thesis proposal? I am working on a similar topic in the region. My research at New York University is centered around U.S immigration policies affect on human trafficking in the Americas. I know human trafficking is rarely studied in Latin America so I can imagine that child sex tourism is rarely discussed.

I am wondering how politically viable this study will be? Considering the unstable socioeconomic situation in Colombia that you mentioned in your proposal, will the government take action to prevent sex tourism? Have you asked why authorities are not dealing with this issue even though it's illegal? Perhaps authorities are dependent on this informal economy. I would suggest taking into account the politics behind the situation and how big of a role corruption plays into it.

Good luck with your study! Wish you all the best!
 

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