Trafficking in persons , as defined by the UN, is the "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of deception, of the abuse of power or of position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. With regard to sex trafficking of Thai citizens, there are two general patterns that exist in Thailand. The older pattern is one where an individual is recruited from a village to a larger town, where they are forced into the sex industry. Sometimes, they may be transported to a foreign country. In Thailand, local women, men, and children are trafficked into other countries, especially wealthier Asian countries. The number of trafficked Thai females in Japan alone is between 50, and 70,
Thailand Still Hub of Global Sex Trafficking Rings: UN
No sewing please, we're sex workers: Thai prostitutes battle stigma - Reuters
A raid on a prostitution establishment in Pattaya on Monday has lead to the removal of a Pattaya police chief and four senior officers in the force. The discovery of 18 sex workers, including an underage Thai girl, in a raid conducted by police specialists has also led to a case being prepared against two foreign owners thought to be a Taiwanese man and his Chinese partner. The raid is matter of particular controversy coming weeks after a walkabout by senior Thai officials including police, on Soi 6 or Walking Street, which declared the area a prostitution free zone. It follows a Thammasat University seminar, in September last year, which showed evidence of the inner workings of the prostitution industry in Thailand. The seminar saw calls for the trade to legalized so that Thai sex workers can achieve recognition. These included one underage Thai girl who was seventeen years of age. Reports suggest that the head of Thai police in Pattaya himself has been removed as well as four of his senior police officers.
No sewing please, we're sex workers: Thai prostitutes battle stigma
Just another workplace scene, except the women are all sex workers who meet their clients at Can Do Bar, which they own as a collective, benefitting from health insurance, fixed hours and time off - which are typically denied to sex workers. Thousands of Thai and migrant sex workers have learned from Empower to negotiate with bar and massage parlor owners for better conditions, and to lobby the government to decriminalize their work to improve their incomes, safety and wellbeing. Millions of women across the world choose sex work to make an income.
An Uzbek woman who was trafficked to Thailand and forced to sell sex shares the story of her escape. Since emerging as an independent nation in , after nearly years of Russian and then Soviet rule, Uzbekistan has slowly seen some economic progress. But poverty and unemployment remain high and many Uzbeks travel abroad for work. This leaves the men, women and children vulnerable to forced labour and sex trafficking. Born into a large, impoverished family, the year-old says life was difficult growing up.