Volume 1 Issue 2 August 2003 Applied Research Note 4

Thailand–a “penetrated” population

by Johnny Coomansingh (Geography Department, Southwestern Missouri State University)

Thailand has earned the reputation as the world’s sex capital. Sex is probably the best lure for tourists here. With a prostitute population between 800,000 to two million, sex tourism is big business in Thailand; the attendant problem of HIV/AIDS is as huge. HIV/AIDS was regarded as a “time bomb” where Thailand’s sex-tourist destinations were likened to the cholera spreading “Broad Street” pump. Pattaya, Patpong and Phuket were named as the “triple-P” of Thailand’s sex tourism favored destinations. The patriarchal nature of the tenets of Buddhism will keep Thai women in a subservient position as mere objects of “penetration.”

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