An article in a feminist journal gives some details of a police raid on the Chomphu (Pink) Tea Lounge in the Phra Pin Klao Bridge area (Thonburi side) on June 20, 1981. Of the 72 girls, autofaq.rupro.To.T.firstname.lastname@example.org four were 14 year olds and none was more than 20. The place stayed open between noon and home4dsi.com midnight. In Bangkok (at Suthisan, and Thonburi near Phra Pin Klao Bridge, among other places) several of these old-fashioned tea lounges have been renamed karaoke or restaurants during the last decade. Its true celebrity came during the 1960s when the girls of Wisut Kasat brothels introduced song yang (two things) package; in fact, they introduced the practice of fellatio among Thai prostitutes. Sex with customers was strictly forbidden and most of the masseuses were Japanese girls recruited with the help of the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok, which insisted that 30 percent of the girls’ earnings be kept for eventual repatriation and in case of criminal activity (Dawson 1988: 28-29). The Bangkok Onsen’s customers were Japanese expatriates, vérifier ces gars-là Thai police officers, and high-ranking civil servants. It may be the legal place of prostitution having the most similarities with illegal brothels.
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On December 2, 1949, the United Nations asked all UN members to ban prostitution completely. Her first customer was a sailor; she asked for 50 baht but had to accept 40. In 1979, when she told her story to the weekly Chiwit tong su, “Samon” was probably around 45 years old. 80The case of “Samon” was slightly different. Again, in February 1991, Chatichai Choonhavan’s government was overthrown before the parliament could pass a bill modifying the 1960 decree on prostitution. 58Prince Sakol was the Siamese envoy to the Conference of the Central Authorities of Eastern Countries on the Trafficking of Women and Children, held in Bandung (Java, Indonesia), February 2-escorte paris 15, 1937. It was the first step toward the complete prohibition of prostitution in Thailand. The Thanin Kraivixien government (November 1976-October 1977) almost promulgated a law legalizing prostitution. Thailand was one of four East Asian countries to have been admitted to the UN since October 24, 1945, but it was only in October 1960, under the premiership of Marshall Sarit Thanarat, that prostitution was effectively banned in Thailand.
The press of the time may have been advised not to make headlines of prostitution stories, probably to save the country from receiving a poor image. But, as the Thai language press chose to avoid front-page headlines, everybody’s face could be saved. A decree comprising18 articles abolished the 1908 law and provided that prostitutes, pimps, and brothel owners were liable to a 2- to 12-month imprisonment and a 1,000- to 4,000-baht penalty. In fact, the two sides are probably not referring to the same prostitutes, as the phenomenon takes a considerable variety of forms. The Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act 2539 BE must be scrapped. 62In 2002-2003, as governments, parliaments, and the law regard prostitutes as minors (while those under 18 are officially considered child prostitutes), more and more voices are asking for the legalization of prostitution. They must be freed from all forms of exploitation that all layers of state employees in the judicial, penal and reformatory systems as well as well-meaning NGO’s, individuals and the international community helped to create by locking them up in an illegal profession.
In its December 1983 issue Fai klang khuen (Midnight Lights) presented 16 prostitute hotels in the Wisut Kasat area: they usually employed between 40 and 80 sex workers and prices were set at 110-170 baht for short-time (three hours) services (“Samnak…” 1983). This special kind of guide was then produced in a pocket size booklet. After a few years, the family grew to three children while their income remained unchanged. Even before the AIDS years, prostitution could kill young country girls. A prison sentence of not more than seven years and a fine of not more than 1,000 baht could be given to people involved in women and child trafficking, most of them being, at that time, Chinese women and girls. Before authorization was given the girls had to be examined by a physician and a government official had to verify the girls’ willingness to become a prostitute. Selecting only country girls in her sample, as the research concerned migration, she found that 48 percent of the masseuses came from the North, 26 percent from the Northeast, 20 percent from the Central region, and only 2 percent from the South. 78Probably a large majority of the prostitutes would claim that selling their body is just a way to earn money, but there is a huge difference in income among prostitutes.