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Legalizing Thailand's Sex Industry Unfathomable
« on: August 06, 2017, 02:53:48 PM »
Hey roger nice to see you contributing to the forum, what are your views on Legalizing Thailand's Sex Industry it's the oldest trade in the business although some pretend it doesn't happen here, i wonder how big the income is and who has their fingers in the pies (no pun intended) BUT .. then again legalising something that doesn't exist could be difficult  ;D      Legalizing Thailand's Sex Industry   yay or nay     below part post from

Legalizing Thailand’s Sex Industry Unfathomable

For sexpats and Thai sex customers who wish that sex industry would be legalized one day, they should consider the factors below.

One of the most obvious major obstacles is the urge to maintain Thailand’s image or face. Thai face is so thin many can’t bear having their country be associated with red light districts and sex tourism, never mind the reality.

One naturally recall the emotional fiasco over Longman Dictionary when it was forced by not just the Thai government but angry public to alter its 1993 edition which contains an entry on Bangkok that partly described the city as “a place where there are a lot of prostitutes.”

No, no, no, decent and morally-upright Thais can never concede to such a description, no matter the reality on the ground. Legalizing prostitution or even ending the criminalization of women in prostitution may thus be just a pipe dream.

If you are still not convinced. Consider the need for these Thais to safely maintain the moral high-ground. Like in the English language, calling someone a “whore” or karii (กะหรี่) enables one to feel superior over those described as such. Somehow, the moral hierarchy must be maintained and some professions have to be kept much lower than others, fair or not. Prostitution as a profession remains among the lowest of the low to most people.

In Thailand, it’s hard to imagine how sex workers will ever be treated like any other workers – like in Amsterdam’s infamous red-light district where skimpily clad women try to seduce you from behind generic but legal glass windows. Here in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand, like in Phuket’s Patong Beach or Pattaya’s Walking Street, which is in like Bangkok’s Patpong on the beach, the flesh trade is supposed to be illegal, despite what one witnesses with one’s own eyes.

Perhaps it has to do with men’s desire to control women’s reproductive system that is being challenged by sex work. People also tends to traditionally think of sex as something ideally not to be consummated without love.

It must be confessed here that at subconscious level, I still find sex work rather unsettling. The trade of flesh for cash is never easy to contemplate though we should try to regard it, or at least let those willing, to see it as just another monetary transaction.

Nevertheless, legalizing sex work, or even thinking about such possibilities, breaks the narrowly defined moral code and embraces an alternative way of looking at sex industry.

Are Thais ready and mature enough to contemplate the unfathomable?

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