Thailand’s History Of Prostitution
October 27, 2016
Prostitution is not actually legal in Thailand, but the sex industry is one of the biggest economic drivers in the country. There are red light districts in several large metropolitan areas including Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. The industry brings in millions in foreign investment and taking a walk through any of the red light districts is an eye-opening experience. There are hundreds of Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese women who are engaged in selling their bodies. Their clients are typically foreign males who are older and searching for a fun time.
Prostitution in Thailand starts in the early 1900s. During this time, Thailand abolished slavery and suddenly many women were homeless and without any means of support. These women were forced to sell their bodies to survive. Soon thereafter, wars broke out and there was an increased demand for prostitutes, resulting in an explosion in brothels and women who worked in the sex industry.
Soldiers were frequent customers and their continued presence in Thailand sustained the sex market and helped it grow. The country has a long legacy of prostitution which is deeply rooted in history. The Thai sex industry has expanded as foreign investments and tourism grow in the region.
While many of the women engaged in the sex industry in Thailand are there voluntarily, there is an increasing number who are victims of sex trafficking. These women are often recruited from other countries and then sent to Thailand to make money for their bosses or owners. Many are tribal women, immigrants, or children and have no legal status. This makes them especially vulnerable to exploitation. They are really a type of slave who must sell their bodies to pay off their debts.