The reason I chose the following topic is because I have experienced it with my own eyes. It made me very concerned and worried, and that is why I want to find out what exactly made it go so far
Sex Tourism in Thailand
Part 1 : The situation in Thailand
1.1 A battle against sex tourism
2005. Just like all the other tourists, I am walking at night, together with some friends, through the streets of Patpong, the ‘red light district’ of Bangkok. Through the market where watches, clothes and all kinds of gadgets are being sold. Go Go bars are situated right in front of these market stalls. I see women sitting at the bars. A pole dancer is doing her job. Big, massive men are trying to attract the passer-by’s to the clubs.
It may sound a little innocent still, but behind the scenes, there is a lot more going on.
Prostitution in The Netherlands, which is being executed by many women, men and transsexuals, is a very acceptable branch, especially when it’s practiced by professionals with much love. On the other hand, whoever wants to go to Asia for their sexual desires, gets his pleasure thanks to the distress of powerless people.
Prostitution in Thailand is already going on for decennia. In 1982, a conference had been held in The Netherlands regarding tackling sex tourism in Thailand. Namely in this year the Go Go bars and other forms of the Thai prostitution had been discovered by the tourists.
As a result of this conference many feminists came to Schiphol (main airport in The Netherlands) to alert tourists to Thailand to not exploit Thai women.
* Stop Sex tour to Thailand – Demonstration – Monday, 5 April, 1.30pm at Schiphol (departure lounge) – come all!-
At this moment in time (1982), Thailand found itself in the discovery phase of the Tourism Life Cycle Model; relatvively small group of visitors are seeking for ‘unspoilt’ destinations (in this case, for fun, excitement and relaxation), social impacts are yet generally small, and...