Over the years, Thailand has gained a reputation among travellers from many countries for its sex tourism. According to media reports, the city of Pattaya alone in Chonburi Province has around 27, prostitutes.
Despite the popularity of the sex industry in Thailand, prostitution has been illegal in the kingdom since the s. Nevertheless, although authorities in Thailand have implemented laws against sex work and conducted numerous crackdowns at clubs and karaoke bars — the industry has continued to thrive. The new coronavirus which first emerged in the city of Wuhan in China has infected close to two million people worldwide.
This has prompted governments around the world to impose drastic measures to curb the virus from spreading such as citywide lockdowns and travel restrictions. On 26 March, a state of emergency came into force in Thailand with the hope that it would help break the chain of infection.
It was reported that entry into the kingdom had been barred except for diplomats and returning Thais who have health certificates. The Royal Gazette also announced that authorities would "close all checkpoints and gates" for its land borders, while entry by air and ship would also be halted.
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Other than that, mass gatherings are also prohibited during the state of emergency, which is to end on 30 April. Moreover, according to media reports, Thailand has also implemented a night curfew in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus.
The curfew began on 3 April, from 10pm to 4am daily and forbids anyone in the country from leaving their homes. Authorities also warned that those who violate the order will face a two-year jail term.
Some sex workers have had no choice but to walk the streets in order to find customers — potentially exposing themselves to the virus and also risking getting caught by the police. According to Pim, she has not had a single customer for 10 days and as businesses shut down, her income has stopped as well. If we can't pay our hotel, they will kick us out," she explained to reporters. It has been reported that Thailand has passed a BHT1. The Thai Cabinet has also rolled out a package of measures to assist workers, employees and independent professionals, small enterprises and other businesses affected by the pandemic, thailand prostitution places on local media reports.
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Due to COVID, the government has ordered closures of entertainment places which means that oversex workers across Thailand are out of a job. In emergencies women are often the ones who do the work of caring for others. Yet this work is not recognised, nor compensated or supported. It was reported that as of 1 April, the organisation has yet to receive a response from the government.
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in Subscribe. Nana Plaza, an area famous for its go-go bars and sex workers, has closed for business as Thai authorities seek to halt the spread of the COVID coronavirus in Bangkok.
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