They don't just come for Machu Picchu: locals' views of tourist-local sexual relationships in Cuzco, Peru

Bauer, Irmgard (2008) They don't just come for Machu Picchu: locals' views of tourist-local sexual relationships in Cuzco, Peru. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 10 (6). pp. 611-624.

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Abstract

Sexual and romantic relationships between local people and tourists have long taken place. Such encounters are not a modern phenomenon, but the potential of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, warrants greater research into the issue. This paper analyses local people's views of local-tourist relationships in Cuzco/Peru. Data were obtained through in-depth interviews, participant and non-participant observation and informal discussions. Attraction based on physical difference was reportedly the main trigger for such relationships. Emerging themes discussed include issues of self-esteem, strategies of approach, tourists' motives, emotional involvement and expectations from such encounters. Levels of unprotected sexual behaviour and lack of STI awareness are of sufficient concern to recommend urgent action. Suggestions for sexual health education are made with particular emphasis on targeting local people involved in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Item ID: 6170
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: tourist attractions; sexual relations; bricherismo; Peru
ISSN: 1464-5351
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 00:51
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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