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Kingdom of Thailand

With a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, and generally pro-investment policies, Thailand was one of East Asia's best performers from 2002-04, averaging more than 6% annual real GDP growth. However, overall economic growth has fallen sharply - averaging 4.9% from 2005 to 2007 - as persistent political crisis stalled infrastructure mega-projects, eroded investor and consumer confidence, and damaged the country's international image.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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The Bangkok attraction

Jeremy P. Meyer, Denver Post, Bangkok, 08/27/2006

[accessed 30 July 2011]

Most disturbing about Bangkok's sex culture is that it has snared children into prostitution and pornography.  On a recent night in the Soi Cowboy district, several street children wandered among the gawkers and tourists, selling flowers and gum. One 10-year-old boy stopped an American in the street and pleaded for him to buy a flower. Then he offered something else - oral sex for 20 baht, or about 50 cents. While waiting for an answer, the boy rolled his tongue at the foreigner.

One boy, 10-year-old "Ice," said three times a month someone offers to pay him for sex. He always declines. But social workers fear the lure of money will someday change his mind. Ice and his brother sleep on the floor in his grandmother's one-room shack in a shantytown. She makes money by scavenging for scraps of metal while he begs.

Student on mission to expose Thailand sex trade

Heather LaRoi, Appleton Post Crescent, 15.10.2006

[accessed 30 July 2011]

"You can read about it and watch documentaries all you want, but until you're actually there and you're offered children, you can't grasp how horrendous it is," said Quinnell, explaining that his being male, white, solo and in Thailand often added up to the assumption that he was a so-called "sex tourist."  He'll never forget the first time he was offered a girl no older than 12.  "These children didn't choose anything about their lives," he said. "They're just born into it."


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ECPAT Country Monitoring Report [PDF]

Veyoma Hevamange, ECPAT International, 2011

[accessed 8 September 2020]

Desk review of existing information on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in Thailand. The report looks at protection mechanisms, responses, preventive measures, child and youth participation in fighting SEC, and makes recommendations for action against SEC.

Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020

[accessed 8 September 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The law provides heavy penalties for persons who procure, lure, compel, or threaten children younger than 18 for the purpose of prostitution, with higher penalties for persons who purchase sexual intercourse with a child younger than 15. Authorities may punish parents who allow a child to enter into prostitution and revoke their parental rights. The law prohibits the production, distribution, import, or export of child pornography. The law also imposes heavy penalties on persons convicted of sexually exploiting persons younger than 18, including for pimping, trafficking, and other sexual crimes against children.

Child sex trafficking remained a problem and the country continued to be a destination for child sex tourism, although the government continued to make efforts to combat the problem. Children from migrant populations, ethnic minorities, and poor families remained particularly vulnerable, and police arrested parents who forced their children into prostitution. Citizens and foreign sex tourists committed pedophilia crimes, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and production and distribution of child pornography.

The government made efforts throughout the year to combat the sexual exploitation of children, including opening two new child advocacy centers in Ubon Ratchathani and Kanchanaburi provinces, adding to existing centers in Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Phuket that allow for developmentally appropriate interviews of child victims and witnesses. The centers allowed both forensic interviewing and early social-service intervention in cases of child abuse, trafficking, and exploitation. The multiagency Thailand Internet Crimes against Children Task Force continued to accelerate its operations, leveraging updated regulations and investigative methods to track internet-facilitated child exploitation.

2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Dept of Labor, 2019

[accessed 8 September 2020]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

[page 1109]

In 2018, the government identified 1 child victim of forced labor and 40 child victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and worked on 34 child pornography cases.

Reports indicate that there is a lack of understanding of human trafficking issues in some provincial governments and courts if the victims are boys engaged in commercial sexual exploitation. In addition, there are reports of underreporting human trafficking incidences for fear that reporting them would demonstrate law enforcement deficiencies. (3,37)

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 9 October 1998

[accessed 29 December 2010]

[30] The Committee expresses concern at the continuing high rate of sexual abuse of children, including child prostitution and trafficking and sale of children, which affects both girls and boys. In this regard, the Committee recommends that measures be taken, on an urgent basis, to strengthen law enforcement and to implement the State party's national program of prevention.

Abolitionists tell story of Thailand's child sex slaves

Michele Willer-Allred, Ventura County Star, October 13, 2010

[accessed 18 September 2011]

[accessed 15 November 2016]

In 2006, Batstone met Nam in northern Thailand during his research around the world for his seventh book called “Not for Sale.”   Nam said many of the kids she met on the riverbank ranged in age from 8 to 12 and came from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and China.

Most had been kidnapped or sold by their parents, and all ended up in the child-sex brothels of Chiang Mai.   Some had escaped from the brothels but feared they would be recaptured. Once in Thailand, the children are considered “stateless” people by the Thai government and are denied identification cards, which are needed to receive government-provided education, health services and employment.

Education may prevent human trafficking

Casey Northcutt, The Murray State News, February 21, 2008

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here

[accessed 28 August 2011]

Hundreds of thousands of men and women in northern Thailand are captured each year and forced to work in farms, sweatshops and brothels, according to  Malarin Visetrojana, English as a Second Language student from Bangkok, Thailand, said children especially are captured by this trap. In the rural northern regions, many families are so poor that instead of sending their children to school, they send them to cities to work as servants for the rich. Sometimes, "middlemen" approach a child's parents, pretending to represent a wealthy family in search of help.  "They know that the children will go to work as servants or as housemaids for big families," Visetrojana said. "They don't know that their children will be prostitutes."

Gateways to exploitation

Globe and Mail, Nov. 10, 2007 -- Source: ECPAT International

[accessed 7 October 2012]

THAILAND - Estimates of the number of child prostitutes living in Thailand range from 12,000 to the hundreds of thousands, according to the U.S.-based research institute the Protection Project. Their involvement in the sex trade is associated with poverty, lack of education and social conditions, including pressure to contribute to family income.

Children lured into Thai sex industry

Nopporn Wong-Anan, Reuters, Pattaya Thailand, Dec 15, 2006

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Under the neon-lights of Pattaya, the Thai town renowned for its sex industry, boys and girls as young as seven try to sell flowers to western tourists. Some will end up selling their bodies. ''These kids start by selling sweets to tourists who aren't interested, so they use sexual tactics like holding arms or legs,'' said Sudjai Nakphain of World Vision, who works on a project for children in Pattaya.  ''While some kind adults just give them money, others exploit those selling tactics and many kids, who have already been sexually abused by their families, end up selling sex,'' she said.

Lin Lin

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 31 July 2011]

"Lin Lin" was thirteen years old when she was recruited by an agent for work in Thailand. Her father took $480 from the agent with the understanding that his daughter would pay the loan back out of her earnings. The agent took "Lin Lin" to Bangkok, and three days later she was taken to the Ran Dee Prom brothel. "Lin Lin" did not know what was going on.

A perfect lure for paedophiles

Editorial, The Nation, August 22, 2006

[accessed 31 July 2011]

[accessed 15 November 2016]

But anti-human-trafficking experts say the situation in Thailand in regard to child prostitution has improved dramatically from the 1990s. The availability of children under 18 for commercial sex has been sharply reduced, thanks to intensified crackdowns over the years. Far fewer children are in the country's sex trade, because the economy has improved, and fewer poor families need to take their children out of school to help make ends meet.

Thailand is a major stop for those seeking child sex

Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News, August 17, 2006

[accessed 31 July 2011]

But a 2004 story in The Nation reported that a study by Nitet Tinnakul, of Chulalongkorn University, estimated there were 2.8 million sex workers in Thailand between 1999 and 2002.  Of that total, the study estimated 800,000 were boys and girls under the age of 18. There were about 60,000 sex service businesses, according to Tinnakul's study.

Trip inspires student's mission against sex trade in Thailand

Megan Twohey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stevens Point, July 15, 2006

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 31 July 2011]

But Quinnell didn't want to document just the horrific. He wanted to capture glimpses of hope, too.  He found them in the Development Education Program for Daughters and Community, a school near Mae Sai that provides free education and counseling to orphans and other undocumented children.

The school, which is credited with saving hundreds of children from child prostitution, is run by Sompop Jantraka. Jantraka, whom Time magazine counts among the top 25 Asian heroes, has been twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Thai families partners in child sex trade - Border area's products are drugs and daughters

Andrew Perrin, San Francisco Chronicle, Mae Sai, Thailand, February 6, 2002

[accessed 16 August 2012]

When Burmese migrant Ngun Chai sold his 13-year-old daughter into prostitution for $114, his wife, La, had one regret -- they didn't get a good price for her.  "I should have asked for 10,000 baht ($228)," La Chai said. "He robbed us."

The Development and Education Program for Daughters and Communities (DEPDC), a nongovernmental organization in Mae Sai that works with local girls who are at risk of being sold, estimates that of Pa Tek's 800 families, 7 in every 10 have sold at least one daughter into the trade.

47 Laotian women rescued from Thai prostitution dens [DOC]

Associated Press AP, BANGKOK Thailand, Feb 02, 2006 laotian women rescued from thai prostitution dens2.doc

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Thai police on Wednesday raided two karaoke bars in a province near Bangkok and rescued 47 women from neighboring Laos who were forced to work as prostitutes, police said.

The women rescued from the bars in Chachoengsao province, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of the capital, included eight girls under age 18, said police Col. Kraibun Songsuat. He said the bars' operators had kept the doors to the bars locked to keep the women from escaping.

Khmer girls' trafficking ordeal

Kylie Morris, BBC News, Thai-Cambodian border, 2 June 2005

[accessed 29 December 2010]

"At first I refused to have sex with men. Then I was beaten so badly I had to hide my face for a month, until it healed. Then I was told again I would have to sleep with the customers. I knew if I refused I would be beaten again. I had no choice but to agree."

Briton nabbed on child sex charges

Agence France-Presse AFP, Bangkok, July 15, 2005

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 31 July 2011]

School teachers came to us and asked us to investigate after their grade five and six students disappeared and came back with a lot of money.

UK charity helps Thai girls and children out of prostitution

Business News, October 24, 2005

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Many girls and children in Thailand today are living an unimaginable reality – they have been sold into prostitution to pay off family debts. This is not a lifestyle choice.  Hand in Hand Ministries is about helping these girls, rescuing children and trying to reunite them with their families or finding safe houses for them to live”.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – THAILAND – The Thai National Policy and Plan of Action for the Prevention and Eradication of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children has been completed. Efforts in Thailand are now focused on tackling the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Report by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

UN Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights, Fifty-ninth session, 6 January 2003$FILE/G0310090.doc

[accessed 31 July 2011]

[72] The Department of Public Welfare has designated four protection homes to provide temporary shelter and a recovery program for women and children who are victims of trafficking.  A special reception centre in Nonthburi Province has been designated to accommodate boy victims of trafficking.  The Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 1999 provides that the rights of the child victim, witness or offender will be protected by creating a friendly atmosphere in the investigation, inquiry and trial process, thereby protecting children from repeated trauma when giving evidence to the authorities.  Children are protected from facing the accused person during the identification process, and give their evidence over a video link with the courtroom.

Thailand Ranks Third in Number of Child Prostitution

People's Daily Online, December 14, 2001

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Thailand ranks third after India and the U.S. in the number of child prostitutes, the United Nations (UN) said in its report prepared for the Second World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation.  According to the U.N. report, about 400,000 women and children are believed to be sexually exploited in India, between 244,000 and 325,000 in the U.S., 200,000 in Thailand, 175,000 in eastern and central Europe, 100,000 in Brazil and 35,000 in West Africa.  The report also said that prostitution in Thailand accounted for 10 to 14 percent of the country's gross domestic product from 1993 to 1995 and an estimated one third of the women involved were minors.

Thailand’s Position on Child Prostitution

Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 31 July 2011]

During Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai Administration, combating child prostitution became one of the priorities of his government. His policy initiatives have eventually led to the passing of the Prostitution Prevention and Suppression Act of 1996 that includes penalties for customers, procurers, as well as parents who knowingly send their children into such trade.

An Update on Don't! Buy! Thai!

The Zero - The Official Website of Andrew Vachss, December 20, 2000

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Thailand is no longer the major offender, nor is the traffic so concentrated in any one country. And Thailand appears to have changed both its laws and its enforcement to some significant extent (numerous authenticated reports of child sex tourists being imprisoned there; no longer being billed as "Pedophile Paradise" by the freak groups, clear evidence of international cooperation against perpetrators, participation of organizations such as UNICEF with prosecution, etc.).

Child Prostitution in Thailand

Sirirat Pusurinkham, The Witness Magazine, 19 December 2001

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Girls as young as 10-12 years old service men in the sex industry. Many of the girls typically have sex with ten to fifteen men every day, and sometimes as many as 20 to 30.

In Thailand today, women and children are oppressed, abused, exploited, and degraded by society. Daughters of poor families are often sold into prostitution. Some parents sell their children because they need the money for food or dope. Many parents are "duped" into selling their children and do not realize the lives their children will lead. The parents don’t understand the danger of HIV/AIDS, how prevalent sexual-related diseases, and how they are a death sentence for children. According to recent UNAIDS statistics, out of a total population of 60 million people in Thailand, 755,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.

The children go because they feel that they can help their families. They feel in debt to their families, and want to help improve their lives. Thai culture emphasizes that children should listen to their parents and help their parents.

Sex 'Tourist' Gets Seven Years

BBC News, 20 October, 2000

[accessed 31 July 2011]

In his final words to the court before the jury retired to consider its verdict, he broke down and apologized to the girl, now 17, for stealing her childhood.

The Child Prostitution Problem in Thailand

Dave in Phoenix, Sexwork Cyber Center

[accessed 31 July 2011]

It was pointed out that it is only our Western morality that considers it a "problem." Since it's a long tradition of youth helping out their parents financially, which is encouraged by Buddhism, even if it's from sex work, it’s only our Western values that consider it a "problem" and what right to we have to impose our moral judgments on a different culture?

Thailand Now Center For Child Prostitution

Namibia Press Agency NAMPA, Bangkok, April 3, 2001

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Thailand has become the world's biggest center for child prostitution, partly because of the regional economic collapse of 1997-98, a report said.  Child prostitutes with good educational backgrounds could earn large incomes from their customers, who were often politicians and businessmen, and send about 13 billion baht (US$293 million) annually to their families in rural areas.

Hotelier Acts On Child Prostitution

BBC News, 19 February, 2003

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Accor, a major hotel group, has agreed to tackle child prostitution in its hotels in Asia.  Starting in Thailand, Accor staff will be trained how to spot child sex workers in their hotels, and what to do when they have suspicions about guests.

Prostitution touches lives of Thailand's children

Cable News Network CNN, Bangkok, November 19, 1999 -- Bangkok Bureau Chief John Raedler and Reuters contributed to this report

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Her mother, who was heavily in debt, forced her into prostitution when she was 9 years old.  She was a child prostitute for one year.  "I refused several times," Rin recalled.  "Then my mother took me out of school and kept telling me to do 'the job.'  In the end, I gave in.  I felt pity for my mother.  I wanted to help her."

Tat Supports Fight Against Child Prostitution

Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT

[accessed 31 July 2011]

In April 1996, the government of Thailand passed stringent anti-prostitution laws with the most severe penalties reserved for those involved in child prostitution. Now customers, procurers, brothel owners, those who force children into prostitution and even parents, face long prison sentences as well as large fines.

Adventist Professor Highlights Horrors of Child Prostitution in Thailand

Jonathan Gallagher, Adventist News Network ANN World News Bulletin, 18 May 2000

[accessed 7 October 2012]

"An estimated 800,000 children below the age of 16 work as prostitutes in Thailand, of which 200,000 are under the age of 12," reports Dr. Siroj Sorajjakool, associate professor of Religion at Loma Linda University.  "These are little girls as young as 11 or 12 who are being betrayed by someone they trust and love, sent away, locked up, raped by pimps and men who seek young girls to satisfy their perverted sexual gratification, beaten, and threatened," says Sorajjakool. "These are little girls who should be playing with their friends in school, eating candies, studying, and getting tucked into bed. The pain is not just that which has been withheld from them as a child or forced on them from the outside but the internal emotional trauma they are not equipped to face."

Child Prostitution in Thailand: Listening to Rahab

Siroj sorajjakool, Child prostitution in Thailand : listening to Rahab (The Haworth Press, Binghamton NY) 2003 -- ISBN 0-7890-1494-7 and ISBN 0-7890-1495-5

Click [here] to access the article.  Its URL is not displayed because of its length

[accessed 31 July 2011]

In Thailand, a thriving sex industry makes its money exploiting the young. Some children are coerced into prostitution and some have been sold into sexual slavery by their own families, but just as tragically there is no shortage of young girls (and boys) willing to work as prostitutes.

Harbor House Foundation

Siamese Dream of California, Charity Work

[accessed 31 July 2011]

The Foundation shelters 25-30 girls who are between 10 and 16 years old. Those who belong to families with members already in the flesh trade, or broken families with drug and/or alcohol addiction, and those who suffer physical/sexual abuses from family members, have been given priority to be accepted in the Foundation.

Prevention of Child Prostitution in Thailand, YOU CAN HELP!

June Narber, Non-Profit Organizations, You can help

[accessed 18 September 2011]

DEP is in desperate need right now for financial contributions in order to take care of the girls it has rescued from child prostitution

The girls at Daughter's Education Program Development Center live on site in bamboo huts, that are over run with huge rats. (I also experienced these "rats" when I lived on site in a bamboo hut. These rats are the size of cats).  These Thai hill tribe girls do not have any  money, and almost no school supplies. DEP provides the girls with a basic education, and life skills training (how to cook, clean for themselves). It is hoped that when the girls grow up, they can move back to their home villages and become teachers and help fight child prostitution on the community/ local level.

Brothel agents travel into the rural areas of North Thailand and look for virgins they can buy or "rent" from their parents. Often they tell lie and tell the parents  that their daughters will work in a Bangkok hotel or otherwise respectable job, while in reality, they will be selling their bodies, often several times every day to make the pimps money. Once the girls are enslaved, there is no escape. They are lucky if they are not beaten or killed. They see none of the "prostitute money" as the pimps keep it all, to make the girls pay off their keep. The pimps charge them for room and board and the initial money that was paid to their parents.

One young girl that I met had been locked in a room and forced to serve upward of ten men a day. She was only eight years old

Children in prostitution, pornography and illicit activities - Thailand - Magnitude of problems and remedies [PDF]

Hervé Berger & Hans van de Glind, International Labour Organisation ILO & International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour IPEC, August 1999

[accessed 2 March 2015]

A woman approached a Buddhist monk, and said: "When I was 12, my parents, who were very poor, sold me to a brothel and I have had to do this work ever since. I must beg your forgiveness for my sin."

The monk replied; "There is no need to beg forgiveness from me. It is I and the world who should beg your forgiveness, for we have not done enough to protect you. Please forgive me and the world for having failed to protect you in the first place."

- Mettanando Bhikkhu, Thai Buddhist monk




ECPAT Global Monitoring Report on the status of action against commercial exploitation of children - THAILAND [PDF]

ECPAT International, 2006

[accessed 31 July 2011]

Thailand has marketed itself as a popular tourism destination in Asia, and as such, related entertainment businesses have flourished, including sex shops and shows where not only adults, but also boys and girls provide sex services. Several cities in Thailand suffer from the impacts of sexual exploitation of children in tourism, notably Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phuket. Children are readily available in sex establishments and are also approached directly in the street by tourists seeking sexual contact. While sex establishments and hotels are the main venues for this exploitation, a number of cases suggest that, increasingly, tourists and foreign residents rent long-term accommodation to abuse children and produce child pornography materials more freely, as doing so in hotels and brothels would entail greater exposure and risks. Such materials are then widely sold or distributed through Internet facilities.

While the international and Thai media may focus on Western offenders, it is clear that Asian exploiters, including Thai nationals are also responsible for the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. According to group discussions with college students who volunteer for the Centre for Girls, (a partner of the ECPAT Foundation in the North of the country), college students are being approached and sexually exploited by local adult men, i.e. wealthy men who act as a ‘sugar daddy’ for the girls, giving them gifts and money in exchange for sexual favours. As seen from news reports, Internet cafés can become places where local men sexually exploit children, including young boys, in exchange for playing online games for free in a private room at the back of the café. According to the Office of the Basic Education Commission, between January and September 2006, 25 cases of sexual harassment against school children were reported in a total of 175 educational districts nationwide.

The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2005

[accessed 29 December 2010]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Children are likewise involved in the trafficking of drugs in Thailand, and are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, including child pornography. Thailand is a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in persons, including children, for both labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficking is exacerbated by sex tourism. Domestic NGOs report that girls ages 12 to 18 are trafficked from Burma, China, and Laos for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Children are also trafficked into Thailand from Cambodia and Burma to work as beggars, as domestic workers in sweatshops, and in commercial sexual exploitation

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 11 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Trafficking in children, including for commercial sexual exploitation, remained a serious problem (see section 5, Trafficking). Pedophilia continued, both by citizens and by foreign sex tourists. The government, university researchers, and NGOs estimated that there were as many as 30 thousand to 40 thousand prostitutes under 18 years of age, not including foreign migrants. The Prostitution Prevention and Suppression Act makes child prostitution illegal and provides for criminal punishment for those who use prostitutes under 18. Parents who allow a child to enter into prostitution also are punishable. During the year there were a few arrests and no prosecutions of parents who allowed a child to enter into prostitution. Custom and tradition made it rare for children to accuse their parents in court proceedings.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – The majority of prostitutes were not kept under physical constraint, but a large number worked in debt bondage. Brothel procurers reportedly advanced parents a substantial sum against their child's future earnings. The child was then obligated to work in a brothel to repay the loan.

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