Over the years, Thailand has gained a reputation among travellers from many countries for its sex tourism. According to media reports, the city of Pattaya alone in Chonburi Province has around 27, prostitutes. Despite the popularity of the sex industry in Thailand, prostitution has been illegal in the kingdom since the s. Nevertheless, although authorities in Thailand have implemented laws against sex work and conducted numerous crackdowns at clubs and karaoke bars — the industry has continued to thrive. The new coronavirus which first emerged in the city of Wuhan in China has infected close to two million people worldwide.
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Thailand has an unfortunate reputation for being a centre for child sex tourism and child prostitution. Sexual exploitation of children and women in Thailand dates back many centuries. During the Ayutthaya period from to , women were circulated amongst men as concubines or treated as spoils of war given to soldiers as rewards. Children and women used as sex slaves had to obey their masters or face punishment. Sexual slavery continued in Thailand for hundreds of years until the 20th century when King Rama V sought a more Western approach in his policy and abolished slavery. Prostitution was more active during times of war.
A ladyboy from Laos is rounded up by police after being caught stealing money from a client. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. A Thai police officer listens to his radio during a nightly sweep in the red light district. A ladyboy is rounded up by the tourist police. A ladyboy stands in the red light district.
Since the government imposed a nationwide lockdown March 18, halting most business and inbound flights, though, her clientele has vanished — and with it her livelihood. The red-light districts of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, once throbbing with dance music and a rainbow of neon lights, have gone quiet and dark. For all its typically gaudy pomp, though, Thailand's sex industry is technically illegal, which makes it hard to take its measure.