Friday, 15th February 2013
THAILAND: SEX TOURISM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD – Thailand does have an extremely good reputation for tourism, but not the kind that its Government wants to portray.
The Thai Government, and its tourism department, has been battling to portray Thailand as a place of natural beauty, sunshine, stunning beaches and a warm friendly smile. Unfortunately this is not what most tourist experience and neither is its image.
The underlying issue that plagues the bad image of Thailand is corruption. Everyone, from the top to the bottom is on the take and often tourists are victims of their greed.
Here we will briefly look at the true face of tourism in Thailand…
In the tourist hot spots of Thailand lay some of the best beaches in the world. Well that’s what it was like 30 years ago. With the influx of tourism the Thais quickly realized that a fast and easy buck was to be made and if that meant destroying the beaches in the process then so be it.
Garbage is regularly buried under the sand and raw sewage pumped directly from the hotels, restaurants and other businesses directly into the sea.
On top of these issues is the fact that more and more Thai businesses are encroaching on the beaches in order to set up restaurants and bars and therefore turning public beaches into profit for private enterprise.
While the Authorities have made a show of trying to stop the abuse, as show is all it is, as many are paid huge sums of money under the table in order to turn a blind eye.
The results are clear. Beaches are not filthy, the sea is simply an open sewer, and the once public beaches are not simply used for personal gain.
Rip Off’s and Scams
It doesn’t matter where the tourist goes, from the Government National Parks, which charge 10 times more than its nationals to enter, or simply taking a taxi ride, tourists are constantly being scammed and ripped off by the Thais.
Tuk Tuk and Taxis are among the worst offenders and often charge extortionate fare, while invariably not taking their passengers to their specified destinations, but rather diverting to shops and tour businesses in order to get the tourist to spend money; which they make a commission from.
There are of course other activities that a tourist should never engage in, such as renting a Jet Ski. The scams from Jet Ski operators has been going on for years; often costing tourists thousands of dollars. The police are always directly involved in the Jet Ski scams and therefore complaining to the police will invariably mean the tourist having to pay more.
It is little wonder why the European tourist market, for Thailand, has all but dried up. European travelers are savvy and often undertake a certain amount of research before jetting off to their chosen destination.
Look anywhere on the internet and the chances are that for every 10 articles you read about Thailand’s tourism at least 8 of them will be articles telling tourists just how horrible and dangerous Thailand has become.
When it comes to crime then Thailand has the game well and truly wrapped up. Thailand has the 3rd highest violent gun crime in the world and though it has a population 6 times smaller than the U.S it has gun crime 5 times higher.
It is nothing unusual to read about tourists being rapped, mugged or even murdered and the Thai authorities appear to be doing very little to safe guard tourists while on holiday.
With all the bad press Thailand receives over tourism why does anyone bother to come here. The simple truth is that Thailand is the Whore House of Asia and for those seeking sex and fun then Thailand is the one of the cheapest places to procure sex.
While the Thai Government is furious over reports, such as this one, there is very little action taken by the Thai Government to change things. The underlining issue here is money and the sex industry in Thailand generates billions of dollars each year and while the Government often admonishes those who are involved, it is often the very people berating others that are directly involved in the illicit trade.
The situation is certainly not getting any better. In fact once a row of shops is built it is almost a certainty that the shops will be converted into either a Massage Parlor, or a Bar, whereby sex can be obtained from either.
It is nothing unusual to walk into a bar, find a number of aging patrons all drooling over young girls while their children and playing in and around the bars.
What is disturbing is the rise in arrests being made for those selling and procuring underage girls and boys for sex. These cases rarely, if ever go to court, as those selling or procuring these services often pay off the police.
It is such a shame the way tourism in Thailand have gone over the last 30 years, but when you have a country where it’s people care for nothing else than money then sustainable tourism cannot be achieved and in this case, in order to keep the money flowing in, Thailand has transformed from a land of natural beauty into a cesspit of human waste and prostitution.