Open Letter to Lift International (NVADER) Re: Incident of violence against women and girls by foreign anti-trafficking NGO Lift International (NVADER)To: Lift International
A Sex workers’ rights organisation, a Deep South female football club and an environmentalist have received Women’s Day awards from the National Human Rights Commission. The awards seek to highlight contributions to women’s rights and welfare in Thailand at a time when people around the world are speaking up against sexual harassment, said Angkhana Neelapaijit of the Human Rights Commission. “Many who suffered do not see themselves as victims who must hide in shame from society any longer,” said Angkhana, whose commission handed
Though no Thai government has ever conducted a formal survey, UNAIDS estimated in 2014 that some 123,530 sex workers operated in Thailand, with the sex industry contributing 10 per cent of the revenue that the country generates from tourism. Another study in 2003 estimated that Thailand’s sex industry generates an annual US$4.3 billion dollars. While the sex industry is evidently a pillar of the country’s economy and touches the lives of a great number of people, sex work remains outlawed in Thailand.