Take a closer look at the various roles Denzel Washington has played throughout his acting career. Watch the video. Title: Thailand Sex Trade Video This film examines how people become trapped into the sex trade industry in Thailand, and the impact it has on the Thai people, and the international community. Westerners travel to Thailand for sex tourism, and this documentary is going to highlight the industry, and what the international community is doing about stopping westerners traveling to Thailand for sex, particularly with children. Many countries have put special laws in place to enable them to prosecute their citizens for activities in any foreign country especially third world countries after they return home. Written by Mario Di Fiore.
Diving into sex work
Thailand has had a long and complex relationship with commercial sex work that persists today. Despite all its other tourist draws, it's still known as a sex tourism destination, a designation that began around the time of the Vietnam War. The industry targeted to foreigners is very visible, with multiple red-light districts in Bangkok alone, but there is also a more clandestine domestic sex industry and myriad informal channels of sex-for-hire. Commercial sex work in any form is technically illegal in Thailand. However, laws to this effect are often ambiguous and unenforced.
An Illegal (and Vast) Industry
Mai Janta, 29, came to Thailand from Shan State with her family when she was a year old. Her brother had been conscripted to the Myanmar army and her family feared that he would never return if he had to join. The memory of her uncle was still fresh in their minds when they left -- She says he had joined before her brother was conscripted, and was left to die after he hurt his leg. She's been helping support her family since she was 10 years old, when she started her first job. It wasn't until her mid-twenties that she started working in a go-go bar, where she earned more cash than any other job she had held before. Before that, she worked in childcare, cleaning, and even food service. She worked at a bakery, too, which she hated. From the northern border karaoke bars to the streets of Bangkok's Nana Plaza, the entertainment and sex industry's strong presence in the Land of Smiles isn't hard to miss. According to the Thailand Migration Report issued by the UN-funded International Organisation for Migration, it's estimated that there are about , sex workers in Thailand.
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