Next trip to Thailand – May, 2020
A Little about Thailand
Notorious for its sex industry, Thailand has benefited from all the many tourists that come each year to experience the very inexpensive sexual services. This has created an indispensable source of revenue for Thailand’s economy and is the underlying factor of recent prosperity. Since jobs and income are generated by tourism, which funds the sex trade, the Thai government actually supports the sex industry, although it is through indirect provisions. This, along with many other factors within the culture, belief systems, and family structure, has lead to a fertile environment for trafficking.
Purchasers are both foreign and domestic. As of 2007, 14% of Thailand’s gross domestic product was commercial sex/sex tourism. Over 75% of Thai men purchase sex commercially, strengthening the industry’s financial viability.
Some girls are frequently sold by families to brothels for a residual income while others willingly enter prostitution in order to pay for an education or to support their families in rural communities.
There are large amounts of tourist attractions that hire sex workers into Bangkok from rural communities with the promise of good jobs and money. Brothels and tea houses cater towards the local Thai men, while bars, massage parlors, and nightclubs gear towards the Westerners and Japanese.
Men from Western nations spend time in Thailand simply to make use of the inexpensive commodity of the nation’s females and boys. Ladyboys are also a commodity in Thailand by international purchasers of sex resulting in a very damaged demographic within the male population as well as the female population.
Thankfully, God is raising up people internationally to serve against the harms done to individuals and cultures through the commercial sex industry and human trafficking. Excellent organizations are available to serve in rescuing and restoring these valuable young people and transform the culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Thailand, many men are lured by the promise of good work then labor trafficked from villages due to the international demand for seafood. Women and children are not exempt from this form of labor trafficking and debt bondage and the result is a need for workers in this part of God’s harvest as well as viable financial and business opportunities for men and families in rural communities.
Traffick Jam facilitates Free people freeing people by helping you and others find their place in God’s abolition call of Isaiah 61:1 in service to Jesus Christ:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners
Learning the many reasons for the prevalence of trafficking in Thailand will serve as excellent indicators of what your contribution is to see it’s end as The Holy Spirit touches your heart through the classes. In the words of Corrie Ten Boom, a prisoner herself in a World War 2 concentration camp
“God has no problems, only possibilities”
The issue of trafficking is great. But greater is He who is in you, that he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) and with God all things are possible (Matt 19:26), including the end of human trafficking!