Saly (also called Sali or
Saly Portudal) is a seaside resort area in
Thiès Region on the
Petite Côte of Senegal, south of Dakar. It is
the top tourist destination in all of
West Africa and has the status
of a commune.
6 Social problems
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Saly was originally a Portuguese trading post known as Porto de Ale,
which became Portudal, and later Sali Portudal.
On February 24, 1984, the resort was created on a previously
unoccupied tract of land near the former trading post. It was about
this time that tourism began to take off in Senegal.
Baobab trees, Adansonia digitata, in the
Sahel sub-Saharan savanna of
Sandy beach lined with coconut palm trees
Saly is part of M'bour, Thiès.
The resort is located on a sandy beach lined with coconut palm trees.
The population is difficult to quantify because of the constant stream
of tourists in and out of the area as well as the number of temporary
residents. It has been suggested that an average of 20,000 people live
in the area at any given time. The resident population was counted
at 29,945 in the 2013 census. 
Saly's economy relies almost entirely on tourism. Hotel complexes,
nightclubs, bars, restaurants, shops, water sports, real estate
agencies all compete for the business of wealthy visitors from other
Seminars and symposiums are often held in Saly.
The rapid development of mass tourism in a relatively poor country has
had some negative consequences, such as petty crime, prostitution,
pedophilia, and the spread of
AIDS and other sexually transmitted
For a long time, these social problems were not discussed publicly so
that the resort's reputation would not be tarnished. An observatory
for the protection of children against abuse and sexual exploitation
called Avenir de l'Enfant (The Child's Future) was created in M'bour
by a Senegalese non-governmental organization in 2002.
In 2003, M6, a French television service, broadcast a report focusing
Saly as part of the show Ça me révolte, meaning "That Disgusts
Me". The show had hitherto presented mainly on sex tourism in Asia.
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The Lycée Français Jacques Prévert, a French international school,
is in Saly.
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Petite Cote". Geographical Review of Japan. B. 74 (1): 62–77.
Guy Thilmans (1968). "Sur l'existence, fin XVIe siècle, de comptoirs
néerlandais à Joal et Portudal". Notes africaines (in French).
Sénégal (117): 17–18.
Effets du projet Sali sur l'économie du Sénégal (in French). Dakar.
1973. p. 75.
(in French) L'Observateur
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