Trafficking in Thailand

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?

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