Thailand: no holiday destination for sex tourists

Thailand: no holiday destination for sex tourists

World February 28, 2018 08:21

bangkok - Thailand wants to get rid of its reputation as a tourist destination for sex tourists. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made an appeal to change cities like Pattaya and other popular destinations in 'places of quality tourism', the Bangkok Post reported Wednesday.

According to official figures, more than 120,000 people in the Southeast Asian country earn their money in the sex industry. Prayut, who has been in the government for four years since a military coup, said: 'We must be aware that this is not a good job. Do not do that!'

The General responded to statements by the Gambian Minister of Tourism Hamat Bah, who had caused indignation in Thailand. The minister had defended his West African homeland by saying: 'We are not the target of sex tourists. If you want to have a sex goal, go to Thailand. '

Prostitution is officially forbidden in the largest Buddhist kingdom. But the laws are 'fairly laxly' observed.

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