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Sex trade lures girls in early teens-Underage prostitution on rise in Isaan

A recent upsurge in the number of underage girl prostitutes in some northeastern provinces is causing concern, a children's rights advocate group says.

Many girls in their senior years at primary school (Pratom 5-6) and early years in secondary school (Mattayom 1-3) in the Northeast are engaged in the sex trade, not all of them voluntarily, says the Child Protection Foundation.

The numbers were especially high in Maha Sarakham, Udon Thani and Khon Kaen provinces, said Montri Sinthawichai, secretary-general of the foundation.

On Nov 24, the foundation received complaints from residents in tambon Wangdong of Maha Sarakham's Yang Si Surat district that young girls in their villages had been lured into prostitution.

The foundation's staff discovered many girls in primary school and secondary school were selling sex.

It was widely known that some college or university students were involved in the sex industry. However, Mr Montri said he was shocked to find so many girls under the age of 15 had also entered the business.

"Sex for sale does not happen in urban society only _ it has also spread to districts and remote towns," Mr Montri said. "They do not meet their clients in a department store any more. Now they do it in moo krata eateries [all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurants] instead."

One of the main problems in the teen sex trade was that many buyers did not care whether the girl was an adult or a child.

Teen prostitutes who entered the business for an extended period were also likely to persuade their friends to enter the sex trade too.

More importantly, some parents just did not care about their children.

"Our staff have talked to the parents of those young girls and were astonished that some of them did not feel sorry for their kids," Mr Montri said.

"They thought their child had gone down the wrong path and they could not do anything about it. So they just let it be. This attitude is dangerous."

Most girls entered the sex trade because they wanted money for cosmetics, clothes, mobile phones or other fashionable items, Mr Montri said.

The foundation rescued two 12-year-old girls last month from being lured into prostitution in Maha Sarakham.One of the girls was encouraged by a relative to enter the flesh trade, while the other girl began prostituting herself at the recommendation of a friend.

A police officer identified only as Poong was accused of paying both girls for sex.

Mr Montri has filed a complaint on behalf of the girls with the Crime Suppression Division, asking it to prosecute the officer involved. Other students who worked as prostitutes, who were older than the two girls, did not want help from the foundation, Mr Montri said.

He urged local authorities, especially child protection committees under tambon administration organisations, to play a bigger role in combating child prostitution. Police must find out where teen prostitutes meet their clients and hotel operators must be questioned as to whether they have a role, he said.

"Police may face difficulties making arrests because prostitution in many cases is a matter of mutual consent. The girls want to sell themselves, while the buyers agree to pay," Mr Montri said.

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Lebowski

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I'm not surprised really, especially so in the Northeastern cities mentioned like Khon Kaen/Maha Sarakham etc as they have huge school and college populations. Also, the extent to which the flesh trade really goes would surprise many, as there is much that goes unnoticed on-top-of that which does.

However, I find these three lines very pertinent to the real state of society here........

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"Our staff have talked to the parents of those young girls and were astonished that some of them did not feel sorry for their kids," Mr Montri said.

"They thought their child had gone down the wrong path and they could not do anything about it. So they just let it be. This attitude is dangerous."

Most girls entered the sex trade because they wanted money for cosmetics, clothes, mobile phones or other fashionable items, Mr Montri said.

How very revealing of the true attitude of so many family units here about their next generation. Apathy from the parents and the reasons given for the girls doing it in the first place at that age are pretty disheartening really.

Seems a very plastic, selfish and soulless society sometimes and I'm sure it's not the only one. It often appears that cultural values in all places in the world are slowly being air-brushed out of existence and replaced by shallowness, vanity, greed and Facebook.

 

sicho

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Your quote, Leb, reflects the common absence of any sense of parental responsibility that we see every day. Stand beside a road for a few minutes and you will see parents, often wearing crash helmets, carrying young children on motorcycles balance precariously on the seat and with no protection. The frequent deaths on the road, many involving horrendous had injuries, do not seem to teach anything to those parents.

Your last paragraph reminds me of an experience that I had in England about fourteen years ago while I was visiting friends. I had made a purchase in a small general store and turned from the counter to find four schoolgirls aged about thirteen standing very close behind be and all looking at me. I went to my car right outside and saw that all of them had followed me and were standing just a few feet away, still looking at me. It seemed odd and I mentioned what happened to my friend later. He told me that schoolgirl prostitutes were common in the area and those girls were trying to attract me as a customer.
 

Offline thaiga

Your spot on leb,shallowness, vanity, greed and Facebook.
likewise saf,the common absence of any sense of parental responsibility
 
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

sicho

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Bloody hell, Thaiga, that must be a record. Or is it a Thaiphoon Photoshop job?
 

Offline thaiga

Bloody hell, Thaiga, that must be a record. Or is it a Thaiphoon Photoshop job?
You know where it came from kf  SHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline Baby Farts

Apathy and indifference.  Kick in the poor farm girl and their is always the temptation to make a buck.  Ask the Mrs what a Sai-Lai is.  The question remains, will this ever change?
 

 



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