PATTAYA, Thailand – Thai authorities are cracking down on the commercial sex industry. The country’s tourism minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangku, said she wants to stop human trafficking, especially of women and children.
Prostitution is visible everywhere in Thailand, from massage parlours to go-go bars. Some of these areas are tourist attractions. Women and underage girls are often forced into sex work by a lack of jobs and by human traffickers deceiving them with legitimate work offers.
Anti-trafficking groups say child victims of sexual exploitation were recently rescued in northern Thailand, proving how extensive and entrenched human trafficking is in Thai society.
This story aired on CBC The World This Weekend Saturday, May 27, 2017.