Tourist Trap: When Holiday Turns to Nightmare

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Synopsis: Tourism - the world's largest peacetime industry and the way many of us realize our dreams of escape. But sometimes holiday dreams turn to nightmares. Every year thousands of backpackers set off for the holiday of a lifetime - and some never come back. As the world becomes increasingly divided into the haves and have-nots, crimes committed against tourists are escalating. From the back streets of Mexico to the hostess bars of Japan, tourists are being raped, taken hostage, murdered and ritually sacrificed. Some simply vanish, their identities stolen; others fall into criminal activity themselves, smuggling drugs or committing heinous crimes against other tourists. And with the escalating threat of terrorist attack to contend with, are we safer staying at home? From the hell-hole jails of the East to the sordid world of sex tourism, this is an exploration of the dark side of the holiday experience.

About the Author: Patrick Blackden is an essayist and true crime aficionado. He is the author of Danger Down Under (Virgin, September 2002) and editor of My Bloody Valentine (Virgin, July 2002). He has spent the past 10 years travelling through some of the world's most dangerous places.

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