BANGKOK: Police are looking into a sex tour scandal after a foreign report emerged claiming that companies are offering steamy vacations to Western travellers with particular emphasis being placed on resort destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket. Photo: via Bangkok Post. He said they will now expand the scope of their investigation to determine whether an organised crime gang of Thais and foreigners is heavily involved in the sex trade in Thailand.
The normal locals who were poor and did not have many sources of income saw this as an opportunity for making money. On their recovery trips to Thailand, the soldiers would regularly look for female companionship. This increased the demand for the number of women working in the sex-business.
No one would connect the boys to the older, white men - and a pair of Chinese somethings - seated under a tree, or to the young man with the mobile phone leaning on a parked motorbike. The boys, aged from 14 to 24, walk in pairs for greater safety, making eye contact with the men, who then communicate their choices to the man with the mobile phone. Once the deal is done, the boys move to a side alley to wait for their clients.
There is no denying that the go-go bars, girly bars and sex shows are a very visible aspect of the nightlife scene in Patong and to a lesser extent Karon and Kata. In this section we will not attempt to judge the sex industry or the people involved. It is a complicated issue so we only try to describe it to give you an understanding of what is going on. See our nightlife page for information about Phuket's non-naughty nightlife.
It is midnight at Patong Beach and the tourists - almost all men - are out in force. They spill out from bars on Bangla Road, a stretch of pubs, girlie bars, strip shows and flirting Thai women. Just over three weeks after the tsunami, tourism is starting to pick up in Patong, the so-called cash register of Phuket.
A place more suited if your on a holiday with your mates. Not recommended during the day or night if with a family or as a couple. There's bars throughout the whole road with take-away shops in between.
We list venues popular with gays but this is Thailand and what goes on goes on. Thailand has strict laws about prostitution and drugs but lack enforcement. Keep it simple, don't try things you wouldn't do at home.
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.
Every overseas trip will inevitably come with its share of worries and concerns. When we are constantly bombarded by negative news stories about every corner of the globe, it can make even a peaceful paradise like Phuket seem like a dangerous place to visit. The reality, however, is that millions of people visit each year and leave with only good and happy memories of a delightful holiday.