Pattaya in Thailand has a reported 27,00 prostitutes, roughly one for every five people living in the east-coast city visited by more than a million men each year. Fancy an escape?
up to the Chill newsletter for weekly inspiration and advice on UK holidays. If so, there are plenty of bad guys: every year more than one million visitors a year pass through the Thai resort known as the world's sex capital.
Pattaya has a reported 27, prostitutes, roughly one for every five people living permanently in the east-coast city that has been likened to a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. The resort's infamous main drag, the largest red-light district on earth, is lined with sex clubs and go-go bars. Prostitution is illegal in Thailand but the law is widely ignored and there are brothels in abundance.
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Last year Thailand's first female tourism minister promoted to eradicate sex tourism and reinvent the country as a female-friendly destination. This week cops raided an illegal Thai brothel on Valentine's Day, catching an unlucky British punter with his pants down in the back room with a young dancer. As they walked in a grey-haired year-old man jumped off the bed and wrapped a towel around himself.
Those involved in the sex trade say it benefits the country's economy by pulling in millions of visitors armed with fistfuls of cash.
But police have stepped up raids on brothels following concerns over underage sex workers and human trafficking. The Human Help Network Foundation Thailand has warned homeless children were especially at risk of exploitation. By Chris Baynes.
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