Promoting awareness of sex trafficking in tourism and hospitality

Joshua Aston*, Jun Wen*, Edmund Goh*, Oswin Maurer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This cutting-edge short commentary is intended to raise awareness of sex trafficking in the tourism and hospitality industry. The purpose of this paper is to also advocate for further research to identify and hopefully prevent sex trafficking in related settings. 


This paper provides a descriptive overview of the current knowledge base on sex trafficking in tourism and hospitality. Based on gaps in the literature, future research agendas and directions are suggested. 


Academic research on sex trafficking in tourism and hospitality remains limited. More scholarly attention is needed to this matter. The tourism industry is directly and indirectly associated with sex trafficking (e.g. hotel accommodations and direct consumption of sexual services, such as through sex tourism). Despite legislative efforts by international government agencies to eradicate sex trafficking, the problem remains pervasive. Broader practice- and research-based intervention efforts are needed. 


This short commentary advocates for tourism and hospitality researchers to make practical and theoretical industry contributions that may help prevent sex trafficking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes


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