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Geetanjali Gangoli and Nicole Westmarland

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346728

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346728.001.0001

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Prostitution in Thailand: perceptions and realities

Prostitution in Thailand: perceptions and realities

(p.185) Nine Prostitution in Thailand: perceptions and realities
International approaches to prostitution

Alyson Brody

Policy Press

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

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