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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. Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul played down the role of the sex industry in drawing visitors.
Prostitution is illegal in Thailand but the law is almost invariably ignored. Experts say it will be hard to rid Thailand of an industry that is so entrenched and that provides pay-offs to untold numbers of officials and policemen.
The military government is in denial about the proliferation of prostitution and its contribution to the economy and tourism, said Panomporn Utaisri, country director of NightLight, a Christian non-profit group that helps women in the sex trade to find alternative work.
Last month, police raided dozens of brothels in major cities in what they said was a routine operation. Police said they were looking to prosecute venues employing underage and illegal migrant workers, but only one of the venues raided was shut down. Many sex workers come from the impoverished northeast and see selling their bodies as a way out of poverty.
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