Is Sex Tourism Bad for Bangkok?

Mar 23, 2011

As many as 1 million people in Thailand may be involved in sex tourism. Is this really as bad as it sounds?


506 Prostitutes in front of a gogo bar in Pattaya, Thailand. Like slaves on an auction block waiting to be selected, victims of human trafficking have to perform as they are told or risk being beaten. Sex buyers often claim they had no idea that most women and girls abused in prostitution are desperate to escape, or are there as a result of force, fraud, or coercion. (Photo credit: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department, via Wikimedia Commons)


The topic has been talked to death, but even so the moderator and guests make these some worthwhile 53 minutes.

Guest insiders are the Bangkok Post’s columnist Khun Voranai, who has become iconic with his outstanding Sunday columns. And listen to the one and only brothel politician Khun Chuwit who knows a thing or two about the topic.

Well there is always the line that Thai prostitutes are mainly lazy trollops - hey just close your eyes and it’s the easiest way for making money in no time.

The broadcast’s here BBC’s World Have Your SayIs Sex Tourism Bad For Bangkok?