Who Owns Patpong? Thailand’s Sex Industry

  • Michael Backman


In Singapore, prostitution is effectively legal, as the government administers as many as six official designated red light areas in which as many as 400 licensed brothels operate. In Thailand, however, prostitution is illegal. It is one of the great ironies of Asia. Anuch Mokhawes, Thailand’s deputy interior permanent secretary, said in respect of Thailand’s many massage parlors, “It turns out that some of them provide commercial sex to customers.”1 Well, who would have thought? There are at least 2000 massage parlors in Bangkok alone.


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