Thailand Authorities Crack Down on Sex Workers, Trans Women, and Homeless in Pattaya Beach

Admin | 27 Jun 2023 - 01:26
Thailand Authorities Crack Down on Sex Workers, Trans Women, and Homeless in Pattaya Beach

In a recent move by the Tourist Police of Thailand, stricter regulations have been implemented to prohibit sex workers, trans women, and homeless individuals from soliciting clients along the popular beachfront of Pattaya. This action comes as a response to growing concerns regarding safety and security in the area, as reported by Thaiger. Offenders who violate these new rules will face fines and the possibility of imprisonment.

Colonel Somchai Thiraphatphaisarn emphasized the severity of the penalties for sex workers found operating in this area. Although prostitution is technically illegal throughout Thailand and soliciting clients on the beach has always been prohibited, Pattaya has long been known for its lax enforcement of these laws. Consequently, it has earned a notorious reputation as a hub for sex tourism.

Incidents involving robberies and assaults against tourists by sex workers have raised alarm bells, prompting authorities to take action. One notable case involved a Thai woman who was accused of stealing a Rolex watch worth one million baht (equivalent to $30,000) from a British tourist in Pattaya.

Sex Tourism in Thailand

While Thailand is renowned for its cultural heritage, picturesque landscapes, and warm hospitality that attract millions of visitors, it has also gained significant attention for its association with sex tourism.

Thailand's vibrant nightlife and permissive attitudes towards sexuality have made it a sought-after destination for individuals seeking adult entertainment. Cities such as Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket have become synonymous with their red-light districts, where various forms of commercial sex work are readily available.

Between January and April, the country welcomed an impressive 8.6 million foreign visitors, accounting for approximately one-third of the annual target. The Thai government has set an ambitious goal of attracting 25 to 30 million visitors by the year 2023.

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