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I just don't understand this. The former Minister of Tourism told the media that she would clean of the industry in a couple of weeks. Surely it didn't re-open behind her back?:smile:

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So how much tax is not paid? And why? Too much skimmed off the top. Legalise it and let the ladies run legit business.

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1 hour ago, TechnikaIII said:

What a disgrace that there is not a credible education system, with follow up employment, providing a decent income, so the girls who are caught up in this don't have to hide their faces in shame.

The current situation is the consequence of the total absence of good governance and nothing else.

So how do you explain all the hookers in the US, Japan, Europe, Canada, and Australia?

Little to do with the absence of good governance.

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6 hours ago, Thechook said:

Prostitution is ilegal 

But should not be in any country. It's just another form of the oppression if women by the Patriarchy and male dominated religion. Prostitution should not be confused with exploitation .

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51 minutes ago, natway09 said:

Sorry, only estimates available as the money changers here would know.

Until social security can look after 50,000 families in Isaan who have at least one member of the family happily working in the industry & sending money home the Government will not rock the boat to heavily.

The Victoria Secret debacle is about mainly non Thai girls & big bucks & heavy corruption along with maybe 

the envelopes getting smaller

Thank you for some common sense and insight.

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7 minutes ago, PETERTHEEATER said:

I just don't understand this. The former Minister of Tourism told the media that she would clean of the industry in a couple of weeks. Surely it didn't re-open behind her back?:smile:

Yes, it sure did. They call her Wonderwoman, now, at Government House, as she glides her way from one room to the next.

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3 hours ago, hottrader77 said:

same here and had a great time doing it , thank goodness for the thai sex industry or i would be using a box of tissues a week and my hand would be dropping off , go go sex workers !! ha ha 

I would be in some miserable western dump. Three cheers for Thai girls. The best sex workers in the world. God bless them!

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6 minutes ago, The manic said:

But should not be in any country. It's just another form of the oppression if women by the Patriarchy and male dominated religion. Prostitution should not be confused with exploitation .

They are both types of 'using for personal gain'. How would you differentiate the terms, if it's not too much off-topic?

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6 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

They go from billion to million and then back to billion again in the article.

Someone must have fixed the OP. The first occurrence of "million" on the first page is your post.

Unless you mean trillion, the total Thai GDP is given in trillion baht, and they're just taking 2% of that to get 260 billion for the sex industry. 2% was a SWAG when Chuwit made it, and times have changed a lot since 2007, so there's little accuracy here.

 

Really nothing to see here, any bar girl can toss around big numbers. :sorry:

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39 minutes ago, DefaultName said:

many would go bust

I'm a boob man, too, or was that another pun, tossed in for good measure.

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2 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

I consider most sex workers in Thailand, to be far, far more honest than the average American woman. At least here, a man knows where he stands, if he wants sex with a woman. In a minute, you can determine exactly what it will require financially, and what you will get in return. In the US, it can take multiple dates, and countless dinners and gifts, to get to the precious zone. There is no set price. There is no knowing what it is going to take. Many of the women I have dated, have been with hundreds of men, in a similar way as many of the massage girls here. And those men have paid dearly. The only difference was that the price was not stated up front. 

 

There is no doubt that the industry here is vast, and accounts for a significant amount of the GDP. I think that figure of 2% is pure nonsense. It is far higher. The authorities seem to be determined to slowly rid the country of the industry, to make way for the massive growth of Chinese tourism. If you have any doubts about that, just visit Samui or Phuket. They are pale shadows of their former selves, in terms of the industry, and available choices. It is just another in an incessant chain of bad decisions being made by this horrific and grossly incompetent administration. 

 

Unless, and until the young women are given better alternatives, the industry will continue. When a person decides to devote four years of their life, and a substantial sum of money, to attending a university, and then graduates, and is able to earn only 5,000 to 10,000 baht more than the one with no education at all, there is something wrong with the system. 

You make some excellent points.

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2 minutes ago, Ossy said:

I'm a boob man, too, or was that another pun, tossed in for good measure.

That one slipped past me actually.

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33 minutes ago, recycler said:

It is only adding to the economy when the money comes from outside Thailand, other wise it's part of the services industry and nothing but pumping money around and moving it up the food chain.

Not true of any commodity goods or services.

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15 hours ago, TechnikaIII said:

 

What a disgrace that there is not a credible education system, with follow up employment, providing a decent income, so the girls who are caught up in this don't have to hide their faces in shame.

The current situation is the consequence of the total absence of good governance and nothing else.

 

Such Rubbish. Prostitution is the world's oldest profession and in many cases especially in the case of Thai agrarian workers is liberating and allows them to escape from the mentally stultifying villages and the back breaking Labour of rice production. Thai women having been using the voluntary sale of sex for over a thousand years to maintain financial independence.

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