联合国专门机构世界旅游组织将性旅游定义为「trips organized from within the tourism sector, or from outside this sector but using its structures and networks, with the primary purpose of effecting a commercial sexual relationship by the tourist with residents at the destination.」联合国反对性旅游，因其会对性游客所在国和目的国导致健康、社会和文化一系列不良后果，特别会导致在性旅游目的国性别年龄、社会和经济状况的不均衡。
^Cruey, Greg. Thailand's Sex Industry. About: Asia For Visitors. About, Inc. (隶属纽约时报公司). [2006-12-20]. Nowhere else is it so open and prevalent.
^Brazil. The Protection Project. [2006-12-20]. （原始内容存档于2006-12-20）. Brazil is a major sex tourism destination. Foreigners come from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Latin America, and North America ...
^Gentile, Carmen J. Brazil cracks down on child prostitution. San Francisco Chronicle (Chronicle Foreign Service). 2006-02-02 [2006-12-20]. ... young prostitutes strut in front of middle-aged American and European tourists ...
^Dominican Republic. The Protection Project. [2006-12-20]. （原始内容存档于2006-12-20）. The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular sex tourism destinations in the world, and it is advertised on the Internet as a "single man's paradise."
^Kovaleski, Serge F. Child Sex Trade Rises In Central America. Washington Post Foreign Service (Washington Post Foreign Service). 2000-01-02 [2006-12-20]. （原始内容存档于2006-12-20）. ... "an accelerated increase in child prostitution" in the country ... blamed largely on the unofficial promotion of sex tourism in Costa Rica over the Internet.
^Costa Rica. The Protection Project. [2006-12-20]. （原始内容存档于2006-12-20）. ...has come to rival Thailand and the Philippines as one of the world’s leading destinations for sex tourism.
^Cuba. The Protection Project. [2006-12-20]. （原始内容存档于2006-12-20）. Cuba is a popular destination country for sex tourists from Canada, the United States, and Europe.
^Fr. Shay Cullen. Sex Tourism Is Big Money for Pimps and Politicians. imc-qc (philapinas). QC Independent Media Centre. 2005-03-03 [2007-04-08]. Angeles City, two hours north of Metro Manila, is the home of the most organized sex industry in the Philippines. Thousands of sex tourists from all over the world go there to look for cheap sex, much of it with under age minors.
^Clarke, Jeremy. Older white women join Kenya's sex tourists. Reuters. 2007-11-25 [2007-11-30]. Hard figures are difficult to come by, but local people on the coast estimate that as many as one in five single women visiting from rich countries are in search of sex.