De Lima says DOJ not source of statistics on 'sexual tourism'

October 5, 2011 10:06 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 5 — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima denied on Wednesday that the DOJ was the source of the statistics cited by United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas about the situation of alleged "sexual tourism" in the country.

Earlier, Thomas said that 40 percent of male tourists in the country are coming to the Philippines merely for "sexual tourism."

De Lima clarified that it is impossible that the DOJ could have gathered such statistics as the government does not ask the foreign tourists whether or not they engage in sexual intercourse when they travel to the Philippines.

Likewise, De Lima also said that she had written Thomas asking him to explain the basis of their statistics which brought about negative impression in the Philippines.

It can be recalled that in the conversation between Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Thomas, the U.S. ambassador stood pat on the statistics which they allegedly based on the study of the DOJ as a result of the strict coordination of the U.S. Embassy in addressing the problem of human trafficking. (PNA)

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