The sex trafficking industry made almost $28bn in illicit net profits which is much more than that of renowned brands Microsoft and Nike. Of that $28bn, Thailand takes a $6.4bn chunk worth roughly 10% of their country’s GDP.
29.8M victims have fallen to human trafficking in the world. Today, there is an estimated 1.5 million sex slaves in the world, about half of them are trapped in Asia with most of them being based in Thailand. 66% of those sex trafficked in Thailand are women and another 12% are girls. For most of these female victims, trafficking isn’t their greatest trauma- having to endure sexual abuse and neglect is.
Thailand is the main source and receiving country in the Mekong Delta region: Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Burma. Within Thailand itself, most of the commercialised sex activity comes from tourist cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. In the 2014 latest Trafficking in Persons report, Thailand reported to convict only 225 traffickers under its 2008 anti- trafficking law enforcements which remans insufficient compared to the size of the trafficking problem in Thailand.
[S]ex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women’s issues than slavery was a black issue or the Holocaust was a Jewish issue. These are all humanitarian concerns, transcending any one race, gender, or creed.” ― Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
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