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Is Slum Tourism Poverty Porn? The Tricky Ethics of Slum Tours

It was the most surreal case of culture shock I’ve ever had: hopping into a van in Cape Town’s clean, pristine Waterfront district, and 20 minutes later getting out in a slum packed with makeshift homes of aluminum and tarp. The jarring contrast is simply reality in South Africa. These shanty towns, known as townships, …

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Is Slum Tourism Poverty Porn? The Tricky Ethics of Slum Tours

It was the most surreal case of culture shock I’ve ever had: hopping into a van in Cape Town’s clean, pristine Waterfront district, and 20 minutes later getting out in a slum packed with makeshift homes of aluminum and tarp. The jarring contrast is simply reality in South Africa. These shanty towns, known as townships, …

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