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  •  I appreciate your honesty (0+ / 0-)

    but you do come off as judgemental.

    Not everyone in poor countries is being exploited, and not every American visiting those poor countries is looking to exploit someone else. Just because there is an income difference doesn't make it exploitive.

    Most Americans (both gay and straight) go to clubs in other countries for the same reasons they do in the USA - to have fun and meet people for companionship. Whether that companionship is a long-term relationship or not has no bearing on whether it is exploitive or not.

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” - Anais Nin

    by legendmn on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:48:19 AM PDT

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    •  I did not mean to imply (1+ / 0-)
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      that everyone is either exploiting or being exploited.  However, I do think it behooves one to be aware of this potential when there is disparity in age and income.  And there is a great deal of exploitation that occurs in these scenarios, which you, as a world traveler, are well aware of.  

      •  I agree with you. (0+ / 0-)

        The potential is definately there, but I try to treat people the way that I would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. All of the advice I've received has been spot on regarding how to treat people in poor countries. I always try to be generous and make it clear that I don't expect anything in return.

        I have friends in Mexico that I speak with frequently, so I am aware of what life is like there. My friend in Acapulco has had a hard time recently with the tropical storm causing flooding there.

        “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” - Anais Nin

        by legendmn on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 07:14:49 AM PDT

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