Why Prostitution Is Legal in Thailand

Prostitution as a buyer or seller is technically illegal in Japan. However, because the legal definition of prostitution is extremely narrow and specific (vaginal sex with a stranger), sex workers have developed a cornucopia of loopholes and endpoints. These include “soaplands”, where guests are bathed by prostitutes; offer oral, breast or other non-vaginal sex; and “Fashion Health” or “Delivery Health” services that sell legal services such as a massage and unofficially launch a sexual act such as a freebie. As such, prostitution is banned in Japan, but thrives. Soap massage facilities (Thai: สถานอาบอบนวด; RTGS: sathan ap op nuat, “bathing and massage places”), similar to Japanese soap areas, usually offer an oil massage, a naked body massage, or a bath treatment involving sexual services. [49] In this type of establishment, male clients may engage in sexual activity with prostitutes. [46] Prostitution establishments for residents are usually “bath-sauna-massage” parlors of this type. [50] In some parts of Bangkok, there are so many soap massage companies that use huge amounts of illegally pumped water from groundwater that they have been accused by authorities of contributing to the lowering of Bangkok by one centimeter per year. [51] Victims of sex trafficking are typically found in sex clubs, basement brothels, remote massage parlors, and street prostitution. Many of them are Thai, but there are also a number of Burmese, Laotians and Nigerians who prostitute themselves. These individuals were either lured by false pretenses or sold by brokers. They are usually bought by brothel owners or other brokers for $200 to $875 and have to pay off their “debts.” Thailand`s situation plays a key role in the success of the sex trafficking industry. It is close to war-torn Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

China and Vietnam are also nearby. Various waterways and porous borders also facilitate human trafficking. According to law enforcement agencies in Thailand, the majority of human trafficking activities in Thailand are carried out by local individuals or small groups of brokers. However, organized smuggling groups such as the Yakuza in Japan and Russian gangs have slowly emerged in the country. What is certain is that sex trafficking in Thailand is no longer limited to its East Asian neighbors. Russian and Eastern European casualties have become more frequent in the country. Although Thailand is known for Thai massage, some massage parlors offer erotic massages to their clients for an additional fee, including crafts, oral sex, and sexual intercourse. The Federation of Thai Spa Associations (FTSPA) called on authorities in 2016 to crack down on sexual services offered in some massage parlors.

The FTSPA says influential figures have used loopholes in the law to open “pretty spas” or massage parlors where tourists can buy sex. [52] The difference between this type of massage and ab obnuat is that not all massage parlors offer sexual services. In one of the most progressive approaches in the world, prostitution in Germany is legal, organized and taxed. Germany also allows brothels, advertising and the management of prostitution jobs by personnel companies. In 2016, Germany passed the Prostitutes Protection Act, which aims to protect the legal rights of prostitutes. Part of the law is the requirement for a license for all prostitution professions and a registration certificate for all prostitutes. Where is prostitution legal in the United States? Prostitution is illegal throughout the United States, with the exception of 10 counties in Nevada. Brothels are allowed in counties where prostitution is legal, and brothels and prostitutes are subject to federal income tax. Prostitution is illegal in other Nevada counties: Clark, Douglas, Eureka, Lincoln, Pershing, and Washoe. Las Vegas and Reno are located in Clark and Washoe counties respectively, meaning prostitution is illegal in both cities.

Nevertheless, the majority of prostitution in Nevada takes place illegally in Reno and Las Vegas. Sex work is practiced openly in the country, but it is illegal and can be punishable by fines or, in rare cases, imprisonment. About 24,000 people were arrested, fined or prosecuted in 2019, according to the Royal Thai Police. Mos and many of the people we interviewed for this article requested that their full names not be used. In many parts of Thailand, the surname has been humiliated by its association with a stigmatized and illegal business, and individuals have been rejected by their families or ostracized by their communities. In March and April, Thailand closed its borders and canceled commercial flights due to the global pandemic. The country`s tourism industry, which is closely linked to the sex industry, has collapsed. (Although prostitution exists for the Thai domestic market, it is separated from the red-light districts of Thai tourist centers, which attract almost exclusively foreign visitors.) Prostitution is legal in Mexico under federal law. The country`s 31 states each have their own policies on prostitution, and 13 of these states allow and regulate prostitution. Some cities have “tolerance zones” that act as red-light districts and allow regulated prostitution. Pimping is illegal in most parts of Mexico. Prostitution in Thailand is not illegal per se, but many of the activities involved are illegal.

Due to police corruption and economic dependence on prostitution dating back to the Vietnam War, it remains an important presence in the country. [1] [2] It is due to poverty, low levels of education and lack of employment in rural areas. Prostitutes come mainly from Thailand`s northeastern Isan region, ethnic minorities or neighbouring countries, particularly Myanmar and Laos. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] UNAIDS estimated the total population of sex workers in Thailand at 943,000 in 2019. [13] Thanks to the hit Netflix biopic Gangubai Kathiawadi, the plight of Thai sex workers and their need for legal protection is once again in the spotlight. The law was also drafted to combat child prostitution, but it lacks complete clarity as it does not define what constitutes an “indecent act”. Article 279 of title IX of the Criminal Code provides: “Anyone who commits an indecent assault against a child who is not yet more than fifteen years of age, whether or not the child consents thereto, shall be punished by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or a fine of not more than twenty thousand baht. or both. ». [15] Under this law, sex workers are fined for loitering in public places. If they advertise their services or gather in a prostitution establishment to sell sex, they risk fines and/or jail time. In India, Gangubai`s homeland, the government wants to eradicate prostitution. However, private sex work is not illegal.


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