They may also use Thailand as a transit point for girls from neighbouring nations such as Laos and Cambodia.
The girls working in Phuket are mostly Thai and mostly working by choice - although certainly through force of circumstance.
This legislation has a vaguer definition of what constitutes prostitution.
The new act includes the proviso that it is only prostitution if the participants act in a 'promiscuous manner'.
This is the northeast of Thailand and is the agricultural heartland of the country.The sex tourism sector in Phuket is not near the scale of that found in Bangkok or Pattaya but it is still an attraction for a large number of visitors.You do not need to be an active participant to go to the go-go bars.Family ties are important throughout Thailand but in Isaan parents drill it into their children from an early age that it is their duty above all else to take care of the family, and especially to provide for the parents in their old age.The women generally come from poor farming communities. When poor families in Isaan do not have enough money to keep all their children in school, they give priority to educating their boys while sending the girls out to work.The emergence of sex tourism in Thailand started with the arrival of American servicemen from the Vietnam War in the 1960s.