Contributed by: Don WinnerStarting next week the Public Ministry will launch a campaign to prevent sex tourism and child pornography, said Eiselys Vásquez, of the National Commission for the Prevention of Crimes of Sexual Exploitation.
He explained the initiative seeks to alert visitors that sexual intercourse with minors in Panama is a crime - subject to 15 years in prison for violators. The same goes for the distribution of child pornography. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: Sexual tourism is one thing, child pornography is another. In Panama it's common for foreign women to come in from Colombia or the Dominican Republic, to prostitute themselves - mostly to other foreigners, especially gringos. The Panamanian government has traditionally looked the other way, because they like the tourism traffic. And generally speaking, they really don't care all that much because most of the prostitutes are not Panamanian women, although there are a fair number of them as well. For the most part, the only time they "crack down" on the women is when they want to try to squeeze them for bribes.