Before my trip to Bangkok I was told that prostitution is legalized in Bangkok. And I took this information with a matter of fact attitude. Fine so what,
But I was unprepared for what I saw in Pattaya.
Women of all age on the roads from 8 in the morning ( I ventured out of my hotel at that time, so don’t know whether they were there before that also) till 1 in the early morning ( I used to return back to my hotel at that time so don’t know what till what time they were on the road) just waiting for their customers and earn Bhats ( the currency of Thailand)
Call it human behavior or my curiosty or anxiety but I felt compelled to go again and again and see the small girls in shortest possible clothes dancing on the roads, outside beer bars, gesturing to all passer bys.
I didn't go beacuse i was enjoying it or deriving any sadisitc pleausre in watching the members of my sex flaunting their assets on the road and or to see the members of opposite sex satisty their carnal desires. But beacuse of my anguish ,my anger and helplessness. The whole thing was so revolting and repelling but strangely I felt pulled by the whole scenerio.
And every time I saw some oldie manhandling young girls I felt humilated and battered actually I am at a loss to put into words my feelings.
But it was so disgusting to watch all that. Even after 2 months of my visit I get shivers at the mere thought of what I saw there
It pained me so much to see small girls may be of 12-13 years indulging in sex activities with grown up man of more than 50 years of age.
I don’t know whether the girls were really taking pleasure in their profession and enjoying it but yes, they all seemed happy and cheerful.
I don’t know whether they had resigned to the fact that to sell their body is their destiny or they didn’t find anything derogatory or humiliating in this business.
May be they were following this profession without even thinking about the repercussions of it as the same was being followed by their mothers and may be grandmothers too. May be it had become a part of their life?
Worst was watching somewhat elderly ladies or girls waiting patiently for long hours at corners for someone to drop by for them as most of the men/boys wanted young girls.
With so many girls out for this profession, I am sure many a times the girls/women who were involved in respectable professions must have gotton mistaken for the ones who were into body selling business. I wonder how they felt when by mistake they were proposed.
It made me wonder how their parents/ brothers/husbands felt about it. Then I was told that their own brothers/fathers/husbands are their agents.
I tried asking some locals as to why so many girls were involved in this profession. And I was stunned to hear that, “this is their profession, they are the earning members of the family and they bring in good money. They are working women. They are our working force. There is nothing wrong in this. They all are respectable women and our locals dont look down upon them ."
I know to supplement family income women have to contribute and work along with the men of the family. But why at the cost of self respect of the women?, why the profession of prostitution?
I wonder what the girls be saying before leaving their house -- "BYE mummy I m going to work ? Or the father be saying “all the best have a nice day/nite/ (this is what we say to our family members who go out to work)
Is legal Prostitution equivalent to any other profession?
Or can to use one's body sexually to earn money be termed as gainfully employed?