Prostitution has been common in Thailand for centuries. During the Ayutthaya Kingdom — , prostitution was legal and taxed,  : 2 and the state ran brothels. Under the act, the definition of "prostitution" is "Sexual intercourse, or any other act, or the commission of any other act in order to gratify the sexual desire of another person in a promiscuous manner in return for money or any other benefit, irrespective of whether the person who accepts the act and the person who commits the act are of the same sex or not. Under the act, persons who solicit sex " Persons associating in a "prostitution establishment" with another person for the purpose of prostitution faces a jail term or a fine or both.
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Thailand is predominantly Buddhist country and with traditional values, but it is also home to one of the world's most infamous sex industries. But Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul had tried to play down the role of the sex industry in drawing visitors. Prostitution is actually illegal in Thailand but the law is almost invariably ignored - mainly because of police corruption. There are no government estimates of the value of Thailand's sex industry, or how much of the income from tourism comes from sex tourists. The tourism sector accounts for about 10 percent of gross domestic product and sex worker groups said the minister's vision of a prostitution-free Thailand would dent that. Many sex workers come from the impoverished northeast and see selling their bodies as a way out of poverty.
Prostitution in Thailand
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Trafficking in persons , as defined by the UN, is the "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of deception, of the abuse of power or of position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. With regard to sex trafficking of Thai citizens, there are two general patterns that exist in Thailand. The older pattern is one where an individual is recruited from a village to a larger town, where they are forced into the sex industry.