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Thailand's Prostitution

  • Date Submitted: 09/17/2011 04:35 PM
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Prostitution   In Thailand

Prostitution has been a part of Thailand’s culture for centuries. It is considered to be the world’s oldest   profession, and it is a key element in Thailand’s economy. Millions and millions of   baht ( dollars ) are made each year. Many prostitutes are coerced or forced into this life with some degree of freedom and choices. For most adults, this is considered a occupation, but for child prostitution, this is forced labor. Thai culture, religion, economic situation, and other factors, all contribute to the sex sector. Thailand’s prostitution has taken on many different forms over the years. Men from all over the world travel to Thailand to indulge in this behavior
Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world. In Thailand, it has been dated as far back as the 14th century. During the 18th   and 19th   centuries, demand for prostitutes began to rise due to Chinese males migrating to Thailand. In the 1930’s when King Rama the first reigned, prostitutes and brothels had a taxation placed upon them called “ tax for the road”.
When King Rama the fifth abolished slavery, and turned over some of the women to the men, brothels were started.   In 1934, prostitution was legalized again. With the fear of violence being done to the women, and sexual transmitted diseases on the rise, the prostitutes were allowed to register, which also entitled them to medical care. Initially, only prostitutes in Bangkok were allowed to register and receive medical care, but when it became known that prostitution was growing in the rural areas, these medical privileges were extended throughout the country. A great concern about women being force into the life of prostitution got attention. Strategies to stop women from entering the profession were provided.
Prostitution remained legal until 1960, when the United Nations passed a law that abolish prostitution. The Thai government in returned introduced The Act to Deter Prostitution, replacing the 1934...


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