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Sex Tourism is when someone visits another area - typically another country - to get laid. Squicky examples include men who go to various Asian countries for sex with children, or try to pick up kids over the Internet and fly out to where they are to take them to a motel.
In some cases, the sex is arranged as part of the package, e.g. as pre-arranged prostitution, or you just go somewhere and you hook up with someone as an ordinary pick up. In the movie 48 Hours (which does not have sex tourism) Nick Nolte refers to the process of someone going out to hook up with someone to have sex as a trim hunt.
In the United States, the PROTECT act allows US citizens who engage in "illicit sexual conduct" outside the country to be fined and/or imprisoned.
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In BECK, Saitou's Thailand trip seems to be one of this judging from the photographs he brings back. This is lampshaded by Koyuki, who (apparently obliviously) wonders why middle-aged men like going to Southeast Asia so much.
The European railways organisation who sell youth-aimed "Inter-Rail" international European rail passes got into trouble with a magazine advert showing yellow condoms on a blue background as a parody of The European Union flag, suggesting a little too overtly that holders might engage in this trope.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is the quintessential example of female sex tourism. A woman visits another country and hooks up with a hunky young man. The movie is based on a book which is again based on the Real Life experience of the author. The relationship in real life didn't work out, since said young man came out as gay when in the US, and they had a nasty breakup.
Brokeback Mountain has a scene with one of the cowboys going to Mexico to anonymously hook up with a local man, presumably to release the stress of having to live in a heterosexual marriage and limit his contact with the other sheep herder to only once a year.
This is the initial plot in the first Hostel. At least before things get bad. Fast.
In Dogma, a member of the Board of Directors for the Mooby Corporation is killed by Loki (the Angel of Death) because he flew to Thailand to have sex with an Eleven! Year! Old! Boy!
Michel Houellebecq's novel Platforme deals extensively with sex-tourism when it's not busy insulting Islam.
Time Scout features Sex Tourism to the past. Some people go downtime to have sex with downtimer whores. This is viewed very negatively and explicitly referred to as rape. They're called "zipper jockeys".
In a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode, Munch goes undercover to bust a travel agent who secretly runs a sex-tourism business for male pedophiles. "We have an arrangement with a local orphanage" in a Third-World country.
The Office (USA): Jim asks for vacation advice from the other employees. Kevin suggests Hedonism in Jamaica: "It's like Club Med, but everything is naked."
Some of the characters on Mash have, jokingly, remarked their only/main reason for being in Koreas/joining the war is for the (female) nurses (with sex implied).
Implied in one of the Men On... sketches from In Living Color!. The two (very camp) hosts talk about their trip to Europe, upon which they decided to leave Sweden, with its blond, buxom women ("Hated it!") and go back to Greece, where they "bent over backward" for the pair.
Risa in Star Trek is a Planet of Hats where this is the hat. Mostly portrayed positively, but some fans see unfortunate implications.
This is Inverted with Inara on Firefly: she rents a short-range shuttle from Mal, and has to stay with his ship, which takes her all over the galaxy. She meets up with clients based on where Serenity plans to go next, rather than the other way around. Many of the clients try to convince her to stay longer with them, despite her having made it clear beforehand exactly how long she is going to be there for, but when Serenity goes, Inara goes with it.
Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce" (off The Royal Scam) seems to indicate something like this—the woman flew down to Haiti to file divorce papers (a common practice before American divorce laws were liberalized, particularly for New Yorkersnote Haitian divorce laws were long quite liberal, while NY was late to the liberal-divorce party in general and always moved in halting steps—New York didn't adopt non-consensual no-fault divorce until 2010.), and appears to have found a hot Haitian lover.
K.T. Oslin's "Mexico Road" tells of a woman and her girlfriends going this type of trip.
Bonnie of Family Guy while away from her paraplegic husband, goes to France to sex it up with... a paraplegic French man.
In episode 140 of South Park, the Super Adventure Club is revealed to be an organization which travels to the most exotic places in the world so they can be the first explorers to have sex with the native children.