Tourists hunting cheap thrills still flocking to ‘Sex Capital of the World’ Pattaya despite crackdown meant to – The Sun
SEXED-up tourists are continuing to flock to Thailand’s Sin City despite a crackdown to clean up its notoriously seedy image.
Tourists have also been arrested if caught having sex with local prostitutes or each other on Pattaya’s beaches.
“I want people to see that we are not like what they say. We are not allowing prostitution in these entertainment places,” governor Pakkaratorn Teianchai said last year.
MORE THAN 1,000 BARS AND MASSAGE PARLOURS
However, one year on, reports from Pattaya reveal little seems to have changed.
Sex is central to the city’s economy, with more than 1,000 bars and massage parlours, many acting as fronts for brothels.
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The number of female sex workers in Thailand was put at more than 120,000 in a 2014 United Nations Aids report.
Some estimates run to double that and not all the women who get paid for sex are full-time prostitutes.
Given a 305 baht (£7) a day minimum wage, the chance of earning several times more is an obvious lure, particularly in poorer rural regions.
- ^ looking for cheap thrills. (www.thesun.co.uk)
- ^ vowed to clean up the city (www.thesun.co.uk)
- ^ sex dens and clubs in the resort. (www.thesun.co.uk)
- ^ The Daily Star Sunday reveals (www.dailystar.co.uk)
- ^ to its red light district each year (www.thesun.co.uk)
- ^ Sex tourism began in Pattaya (www.thesun.co.uk)