Thai Students Selling Sex Via Internet

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Where to begin?  So, the Culture Minister of Thailand is concerned about Thai college students using social networking web sites to advertise themselves for sale with suggestive messages and pictures. The Culture Minister is so concerned that he has asked the Education Ministry and the Communication Technology Ministry as well as internet providers and police to keep an eye on this “recent trend”.

Some in Thailand’s upper echelon are blaming this trend on the downturn of the global economy while others are putting the blame on declining social values. It’s believed that these students aren’t poor but just want money to buy things…go figure.

Bar girls working on soi six in PattayaSo, to recap, women in Thailand are selling sex and using technology to do so. I just can’t believe it. Maybe if the Thai Cultural Minister took his blinders off he would have realized that this has been going on for decades and that over 300,000 Thais are involved in the sex industry in Thailand. I’m betting he already knows this, but because the vast majority of Thais involved in the sex trade are from rural Thailand, are poor and uneducated, he just doesn’t care.

It seems the only time the sex industry becomes a problem in Thailand is when upper class educated Thais get involved. My guess is that this becomes an embarrassment to the upper class and that just won’t do.

Maybe the Thai Cultural Minister can address the Thai on Thai racism and classism that takes place between the rural poor and the Bangkok elite. Maybe if there were equal opportunities in areas such as education and employment the Thai Cultural Minister might be more concerned about all Thais in the sex trade. As it stands now it is only a problem because it involves the elite and their embarrassment over the issue. I wonder if the Cultural Minister realizes how the rest of the world perceives Thailand…I wonder if that would embarrass him?

Mike over at My Thai Friend made some pretty good observations as well in his post Sex and University Students-Thailand.

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5 Comment(s)

  1. I like your take on this story. There is little doubt in my mind that you have hit it on the head with the class issue.
    Unfortunately when I wrote yesterday I couldn’t find an earlier article (press)I had read (made me wonder if it had been removed)!

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    Mike | Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. I think your observations were dead on as well. The poorer Thais who want to continue their education but aren’t affluent have very few choices when it comes for paying for that education.

    Also as you wrote, this is just another story that will perpetuate more ” Thailand as a sex destination” stories that will indeed attract the opposite type of tourist Thailand wants.

    Talen | Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. It is really a shocking news. Why these students did such type of stupid activities?

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    India On Wheels | Feb 4, 2009 | Reply

  4. Sex and students. Pick your country and the results will be familiar. Why work long, long hours in a fast food outlet, nightclub or bar when the oldest profession in the world can reap the rewards you require. The Bangkok upper class will close ranks on this one but the more money they give their offspring the more they will spend and the lower the “going” rate becomes. It’s the chicken or the egg all over again.

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    Martyn | May 2, 2009 | Reply

  5. This is not just happening in Thailand but in many other countries as well.
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    tempo dulu | Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

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