Tamar Center was created to offer hope, healing and a new life to the estimated 35, bargirls and ladyboys involved in prostitution in Pattaya. We do this by reaching out, building relationships, offering vocational training, counseling and providing Bible teaching in order for the women to be able to leave the sex industry behind them. Pattaya City stretches for about 15 km along the Gulf of Thailand and is located about km south of Bangkok. It is the unofficial Sex Tourism Capital of the world. More than 6 million tourists visit Pattaya each year. The main reason for most people to come is the nightlife of the city.
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The Impact of COVID on Thai Sex Workers - BORGEN
In , on a visit to Thailand, I found myself riding one night in a Tuk-Tuk with two other Western tourists on our way to Bangla Walking Street, the downtown area in Phuket. Bangla is wide, filled with bars, restaurants and alleys on both sides that stretch as far as the eye can see. Neon lights covered every establishment, and with the very loud music set on repeat, I felt myself going numb. It turned out I was in one of the most famous red-light districts in Thailand. Most bars on Bangla are open to the streets, with no doors in sight.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Thai Sex Workers
Night entertainment venues in Thailand have remained shut for months after the government ordered such venues to be closed temporarily to control the COVID pandemic. It was her workplace for the past 12 years. It was here, among the rows of nightclubs, bars and massage parlours, that she and other sex workers welcomed tourists from around the world.
Although sex work is technically illegal in the Kingdom, Thai sex workers operate in a legal grey area, working essentially as freelancers. Official estimates place the number of sex workers at , The actual number is believed to be much higher due to the illegal nature of the industry and the number of undocumented participants. For many women from Thailand and neighboring countries, working in the sex tourism industry allows access to livable salaries that would not be otherwise available for those without high levels of education or social connections.