U.S. ambassador won’t apologize for "sex tourism" statement

Philstar.com reports that United States Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. has rejected calls for him to apologize for his statement that 40 percent of male tourists in the Philippines are only after sex with local women and children.

Philstar.com reports that United States Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. has rejected calls for him to apologize for his statement that 40 percent of male tourists in the Philippines are only after sex with local women and children.

 

According to the report, Thomas said, "I will never apologize for trying to combat child sex. I will never apologize for trying to combat children being forced to labor."

 

Thomas said that he "based his assertion on records on the sex trade and child trafficking culled by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents working with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)."

 

However, the Philstar.com report said that the Department of Justice (DOJ), which has jurisdiction over the NBI, denied it was in possession of data supporting Thomas’ claims.

 

DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima said, "What, we're a country of sex workers? Don’t all countries have a certain industry engaged in prostitution? But to say there’s that much here, I really don’t know. We can always ask the ambassador to explain the basis of that pronouncement."

 

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