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Prostitution in Thailand: perceptions and realities

Alyson Brody

in International approaches to prostitution

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346728.003.0010
Prostitution in Thailand: perceptions and realities

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This chapter explores the forms of legalisation that Thailand has chosen to tackle the issue of prostitution there. It describes aspects of the Thai sex trade. Next, the chapter addresses prostitution as the object of particular laws and policies. The chapter then investigates the centrality of these definitions to debates about sex trafficking and the decriminalisation of prostitution. These debates show the fact that individual stories of entry into the sex trade inevitably affect the way each sex worker views her- or himself, and the types of interventions they may require or desire. It is suggested that the motives for wishing to participate in the Thai sex industry of those who work in it themselves need to be explored. In all of the available literature on Thailand, there is a notable lack of opinions from sex workers themselves.

Keywords: prostitution; legalisation; Thailand; Thai sex trade; sex trafficking; decriminalisation; laws; policies

Chapter.  8921 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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