Are we the foreigners responsible for prostitution in Thailand?

The West has always been seen as the dissolute, immoral and corrupt part of the world from many perspectives. Should we redefine our position?

If we talk about the illegal prostitution and the sex-slavery trade in the emergent-underdeveloped countries which is Thailand there is strong discourse and opinion indicating that the prominent prostitution and it is coinciding boom in the industry, sex Tourism (which accounts for 3% of Thailand’s GDP per year) is a direct result from Western influence and demand for such services. Is this proposition accurate or correct?

This question make us reflect about this ‘dangerous‘topic.  Dangerous because this world-epidemy is the new business from the twenty-first century, an industry that generates more than 108.000.000$ per year.  Human trade is a less lucrative business, generating ‘just‘32.000.000$ per year. After knowing that, who wants to study hard to create an enterprise?

The UNO (United Nations Organization) recognizes cases of sex-trafficking only if the girls/women are crossing borders. But what happens in the cases of women in Thailand that are kidnapped, beaten and sexually abused inside the country without crossing any border?

To fight against the illegal prostitution in Thailand, we should fight the source of the problem and cut the root of the issue. Instead of thinking that it is a external problem, we must fight against the local people that stimulates and promote such crime. If the Thai Government fight and exterminates this problem, the world community and the rest of the states would see Thailand as the hero of this issue. In our opinion, the local people that abuses of this women have the same, or even more fault as the tourists.

I will be exploring the origins of prostitution in Thailand, as well as the ebbs and flows that it, as an industry, has experienced. Also will touch upon the influence that globalization has had on the prostitution market in Thailand as well as the cultural and economic factors that sustain the environment.  Previously prostitution in Thailand was legal because it generated huge profits through taxes, however nowadays prostitution there has become illegal since 1960 when a law was passed under pressure from the United Nations.

That´s why Thailand’s teen pregnancy and HIV infection numbers are worryingly high, and the fact that sex remains a social taboo only makes for a tough battle. Despite being well known for a large community of ladyboys and gay friendliness, Thai society lacks understanding and knowledge about gender rights. While sex is in part intuitive and subjective, many aspects of it actually require education. And before sexism, homophobia or anti-sex enters the list of social values of so called ‘Thainess’, we need to talk about sex.

From our point of view, this problem has to be faced in order to prevent this society of the risks that it generates for women.

Prostitution is illegal in Thailand and still there are estimated 500,000 sex workers, if you include all the freelancers and sideline girls it gets close to a million. A good explanation why the authorities don’t take steps against prostitution might be because there wouldn’t be enough prisons in the country that can house them all. And police officers don’t mind anyway to let the bars close late at night for some extra cash in hand (bribes) every month.

After reading this, do you think that everybody take pleasure of their human rights? Does not sound a bit ironically phrases like ‚ ‘no one can take away your human rights ‘or ‘you have right to live without any kind of torture‘.


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