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The Economics of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
» Police, FBI, NGOs unite to combat child abuse, sex exploitation in Phuket
They specialize in Thailand estate law for both Thais and expats. It looks at challenges to protecting children and the role of non-governmental organizations NGOs and international law enforcement in the fight against sexual crimes in Thailand. The first article explained the long reach of U. Thailand stands on the front lines of the battle against sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia. Thai authorities have successfully adopted a two pronged approach to sexual crimes: establishing a strict legal framework tackling various elements of sex crimes trafficking, prostitution, sex with minors to name but a few ; and cooperating with local communities and civil society groups to identify and protect victims. However, despite the progress made by the Thai authorities, there is much room for improvement, particularly in terms of enforcement and prosecution. Child sexual exploitation provides a particularly clear view into wider trends of sex crimes taking place in Thailand today.
Human trafficking in Thailand
Prostitution and sex trafficking in Thailand are highly visible and strongly discussed topics in the contemporary antislavery field. Social attitudes, political interventions and economic realities have shaped the conditions that allow the two practices to continue. From the mids to the mids prostitution was legal and taxed by the Thai government. The late s to the s witnessed an influx in the number of Chinese labor workers and sex workers coming to Thailand.
Watch Narisaraporn Asipong of the Mercy Centre a shelter for slum children in Bangkok and Sarochinee Unyawachsumrith and Kurt Heck of Goodwill Group Foundation an organization to empower disadvantaged women speak about efforts to curb sex tourism in Thailand:. In Thailand, the multi-billion dollar sex industry is driven by commercial transactions between rich tourists who use their economic clout to make unchecked demands on relatively poorer locals. Bangkok-based NGOs note that a prerequisite for protecting and empowering vulnerable people is ensuring their socioeconomic welfare.