Sex workers in Thailand have launched a petition calling for prostitution to be decriminalised and urging authorities to remove all penalties for selling sex.
Although sex work is technically illegal in the Kingdom, Thai sex workers operate in a legal grey area, working essentially as freelancers. Official estimates place the of sex workers atThe actual is believed to be much higher due to the illegal nature of the industry and the of undocumented participants. For many women from Thailand and neighboring countries, working in the sex tourism industry allows access to livable salaries that would not be otherwise available for those without high levels of education or social connections.
A group of sex workers and karaoke bar staff gathered at the Government House this morning to demand financial compensation from authorities. Entertainment venues and massage parlors have been forced shut since the third-wave outbreak hit Bangkok in April. Effective yesterday, Bangkok and its metropolitan areas have imposed a new set of restrictions including a ban on dining-in at restaurants, sealing off worker campsites and limiting interprovincial travel.
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