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    Life as a Thai sex worker

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    Sanuk Dee

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    Join date : 2010-08-08
    Location : Chiangrai

    Life as a Thai sex worker

    Post by Sanuk Dee on 18th August 2010, 8:36 pm



    Life as a Thai sex worker

    Bangkok is a notorious destination for sex tourism. But the lives of many of the city's sex workers are full of danger, disease and the urgent need to send money home. Pim, who recently left her job in a go-go bar, has a typical story. "I grew up in the countryside in Phetchabun, northern Thailand. My parents were farmers and I helped them in the fields. We were poor but we always had enough to get by. When I was about 15, my family fell apart. My father always drank a lot, but it became worse and worse, and he started becoming violent. So my mother, sister and I moved out. I wanted to study to become a nurse, but when my parents split up I had to leave school and find work as a day labourer, harvesting crops for local farmers. I didn't like it much, and it only paid 100 Baht ($3) a day. At about that time a good friend moved to Bangkok, and when she came back to visit she told me she was earning a lot of money there as a waitress. Bangkok and Pattaya are known as a prime destination for sex tourists.

    There was gossip in the village that she was doing something other than waitressing, as she was sending 10,000 Baht ($300) home a month, but she always denied it. She asked me to come with her, but at the time I was still 16 and too scared. A few years later, though - when I had given birth to my daughter, and my husband and I had separated - I changed my mind. I left the baby in Phetchabun with my mother, and told her I needed to earn some money in Bangkok. But I didn't tell her what I was doing - I still haven't. She'd be so ashamed.

    'Can I do this?'

    When my friend took me to a bar in Nana Plaza for the first time, I was really shocked. I'd never been to a place like that before, and at the beginning I didn't even know what the dancers were doing.

    When I finally realized, I couldn't take it and I walked out of the bar. I kept thinking 'Can I really do this?' Initially I decided to work there just serving drinks, but the dancers earned a lot more money, and eventually I agreed to do that too. For the first month, the bar owners allow girls to get their full salary even if they just work as dancers. But after that you have to meet a quota of at least 10 customers a month, or your wages will be cut. THAI SEX WORKERS Prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand, but the law is very rarely enforced since many police officers are also involved in this business.Estimates of the number of sex workers vary from 30,000 to more than a million.

    Most girls works from home while having other work and are relatedMost Thai sex workers actually cater to local men, rather than sex tourists. But since tourists seems to feel more socially concerned to the Thai girls then the locals, most have multiple relations to boost their earningsMost prostitutes come from northern and northeastern Thailand, while others from Laos or Burma are working hiddenChild prostitution and trafficking is also known to be a problem.

    My first customer was a Western man in his 30s. It was scary and I really didn't like it, but I just kept thinking about the money. I couldn't wait for him to leave, and when he did I had a shower for a very long time. I started crying, and thought about what my parents would think if they knew what I was doing. None of my customers ever asked me about my life; they didn't care. There was one time a guy asked me if I was okay, but I didn't know what to say, so I just looked away. While I was working in the bars, I was often worried about disease, and also about safety. Some girls earned extra by going out of the bars with the men, but I always used a room upstairs as I was too scared of the risks involved. My friend once went with a guy to his hotel room, and found lots of other men there too. She wouldn't tell me what happened after that, but she was shaking for a long time when she got back home.

    I also had some scary experiences myself. One time a Japanese man followed me all the way home at the end of the night, and he kept screaming at me. Taxi drivers and policemen can also be threatening to bar girls, and we would only dare go home in groups.

    Looking forward

    Despite these problems, new girls often arrive. Many customers prefer children or young girls, and the bar owners always encouraged us to recruit teenagers from our home villages. Even though I got used to it in some ways, I always hated working in the bars. I made some good friends but there was nothing good about the life I was leading. Nightlight gives jewelry-making jobs to ex-bar girls.

    I felt good about sending money home, but I didn't feel good about myself. Soon I was getting penalized as I wasn't getting enough customers. Some of my friends returned to their village and begun to live with their child, often together with a local man to provide the image of a ‘happy couple’. But they use their experience as former sexworker to earn money, mostly from foreign man. Often they lie about their family or other social problems and often they have an income from several different foreigners at the same time. I not want to do that because I don’t like to live with lies.

    That's when a friend of mine told me about a Christian charity in Chiangrai offering social care, refugee, training and employment for former sex workers, through a jewelry-making business. We are selling jewelery to both Thais and foreigners at the Night-bazaar.Since I've started working there, my life is so much better. I don't earn as much as I did in the bars, but it's worth it, and people here listen to me and care for me. I've now got the opportunity to look forward in life. I want to finish school, and study accounting, so I'll be able to pay for my daughter to have a good life. I wish I had never become a sex worker. I think some foreign men think it's okay to pay for sex or any company here in Thailand, as they think the girls actually want to do this. But these men don't understand that most of us have no choice - we're just trying to earn money for our families or to solve our problems and waiting for a chance to leave.

    Note:
    THAI SEX WORKERS Prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand, but the law is very rarely enforced since many police officers are also involved in this business. Estimates of the number of sex workers vary from 30,000 to more than a million. Most girls works from home while having other work and are related. Most Thai sex workers actually cater to local men, rather than sex tourists. But since tourists seems to feel more socially concerned to the Thai girls then the locals, most have multiple relations to boost their earnings. Most prostitutes come from northern and northeastern Thailand, while others from Laos or Burma are working hidden. Child prostitution and trafficking is known to be the biggest problem.

    This story I have already some time 'in stock' but I can't remember the origin of this article. In ChiangRai are a number of good social organizations.
    You can help those Thai ladies to earn money as respectable people. Just look at: Siam

    Willem

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