When Pon and Tai were 15, a woman showed up one day in their village in Burma, just across the Thai border. She promised to take the two girls on a sight seeing tour of Bangkok. When they got there, she dropped them off at a brothel.
Rungnapha "Lisa" Kanbut, 57, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW District Court to two counts of intentionally possessing a slave, two of exercising powers of ownership over a slave, and two of dealing with the proceeds of crime. Judge Nanette Williams has told the jury the law defined slavery as "the condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised, including where such a condition results from a debt or a contract made by the person". Factors jurors could take into account included the exercise of powers of control over movement of the person which extend clearly beyond exploitative employment.
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Thailand has had a long and complex relationship with prostitution that persists today. It is also an international sex tourism destination, a designation that began around the time of the Vietnam War. The industry targeted to foreigners is very visible, with multiple red-light districts in Bangkok alone, but there is also a more clandestine domestic sex industry and myriad informal channels of sex-for-hire.
Those who work in the industry say curbs on commercial sex services would hurt a flagging economy that has struggled to recover after political turmoil took the country to the brink of recession in Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and deeply conservative, but is home to an extensive sex industry, largely catering to Thai men. Hordes of tourists also flock to the bright lights of go-go bars and massage parlours in Bangkok and main tourist towns.
Mai Chanta, a sex worker, chats in a Chiang Mai bar that is part of a collective lobbying to give them the same rights as other workers and decriminalise prostitution in Thailand. April 3, 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.
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The resort located in the east of Thailand has been branded the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah — the biblical kingdom infested with vice and sin. Yesterday, 11 foreign tourists were arrested along with 14 sex workers during a raid on an illegal orgy at a Pattaya hotel. Cops arrived to find people allegedly having group sex in the hotel room that was scattered with condoms, lubricant, sexual enhancement drugs and toys. Many sex workers come from the impoverished northeast and see selling their bodies as a way out of poverty.
Mai Janta, 29, came to Thailand from Shan State with her family when she was a year old. Her brother had been conscripted to the Myanmar army and her family feared that he would never return if he had to join. The memory of her uncle was still fresh in their minds when they left -- She says he had joined before her brother was conscripted, and was left to die after he hurt his leg.