Trafficking in Thailand

2010 TIP Report

Posted in Uncategorized by constancedykhuizen on June 23, 2010

The US Department of State’s 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report was released last week. Since I live in Thailand and see the effects of trafficking everywhere, I was not at all surprised that Thailand received a Tier 2 WL. This classification is defined as follows:

Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards, AND: a) the absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing; b) there is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year; or, c) the determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year

I take this to be essentially a C. Thailand might be “making significant efforts,” but clearly the efforts are barely making a dent in the massive amount of trafficking for sex slavery, sex labor, child labor and illegal labor. Go here to see the details of Thailand’s scoring.

Making lemonade

Posted in Uncategorized by constancedykhuizen on June 6, 2010

Slate had an interesting (though not very thorough) piece on how the violence in Bangkok has affected the sex industry. Though really nothing more than a few conversations with sexpats (which echo many I have had the misfortune to endure), the article points out a bright spot in the protests: maybe more of the perverts will stay away.

Men—and there are thousands of them—who live heavily intoxicated here for weeks at a time, stumbling around from bar to bar, prostitute to prostitute, had a rude awakening when Thailand’s major sex tourism destinations were disrupted. “They fucked this country up,” a man named Tom told me indignantly, as though he had been scammed on a time-share. “I’ve been coming here for years. I’m 75. Where else am I going to find a 25-year-old girl who will sleep with me?” Indeed. How inconvenient for Thailand to have political turmoil that disrupts elderly men’s Viagra-fueled sex binges. Couldn’t they have waited—until he was dead, perhaps—to hash out their grievances with what they feel is an illegitimate government?