Art_Deco saidThe article mentions he owns a motel in Thailand. Doesn't surprise me. And reminds me of an encounter I had with one of these guys who used Thailand's apparently laxer policies regarding young boy sex.
This new guy who had started going to our gay club invited a number of us for a casual buffet supper and house party in Fargo, North Dakota. My late partner and some of our friends accepted, as he seemed like a friendly, outgoing fella.
As I toured the house I went into his den, and on a coffee table was a collection of magazines featuring Thai boys in naked and half-dressed poses. And I literally mean BOYS, like 12 or 13. I was horrified.
He entered and saw me flipping through one, and proudly told me he went to Thailand several times a year, where young boy-sex was legal. I was shocked at how open and proud he was about doing it, which he assured me was quite normal & acceptable there, not a crime. I wasn't so sure, and in any case having this material in the US was still likely illegal, no matter what the Thai laws were.
I quietly went to tell me partner about what I'd seen and been told. He checked and came out of the den totally disgusted. We agreed to make our excuses and get the hell out of there. We also told some of our friends present, who likewise departed.
Thereafter we kept our distance from him in the club, and the word got around. I don't think anyone went to his house anymore, not wanting to be in a place that displayed kiddie porn. Nor had much to do with him.
I don't know if these guys are more common than we think. Certainly some, like him, would be difficult to detect in ordinary circumstances - you'd never guess about their private lives. Or, in his case, not even feeling he had to be very secretive about it within his home.
Disgusting. Horrible for the victims, and horrible for our own reputation with the public as gay men. This fits all the perverted stereotypes the homophobes claim apply to most of us.
I'll start by being upfront in sharing your opinion about being sexual with people under 18.
But other people, especially in Asia and Europe, may not. In fact, they may see the attitude as further evidence of an "upstart, young country" American puritanical arrogance. There are multiple WORLD-WIDE perspectives regarding age and sexuality.
Okay, I'm gonna go ahead and say I think that USA's age of consent of 18 is a bit high but I don't in any way think it's wrong to criticize a country for having 12 as an age of consent.
Sweden has 15, but adults who go for people that age are still pretty stigmatized. So no, at least for Sweden, not a lot of people would think an American is being "so puritanical" for thinking it's weird a male that's 30+ to go for a 15-year-old. And if it's 12 it really does still constitute for pedophilia in Sweden.
Spain just this July raised the age of consent from 12 to 16, which before had the lowest age of consent in Europe from what I know.
Honestly, sure some people might be ready for sex at 12 but that's a huge "maybe". Even if they are, I don't think an adult person is the right person for that person to experiment their sexuality with. And this is considering that I'm extremely liberal in almost any other topic; I still don't think THIS is the issue we should just say "oh, well it's their culture, let's not try impose ourselves too much".