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Bangkok has matured into a market for sex tourism due to a distinct lack of viable economic opportunities for the Thai people a government with a lack of political will to stop it and of course demand Thailands government has been unable to create an agricultural or industrial base that can provide decent jobs and financial support for its population forcing many of its people to enter the sex industry in order to support themselves and their families While many of the third world nations of South East Asia such as Indonesia are attempting to modernize and are recruiting factory jobs the nation of Thailand has received very little foreign capital This lack of a definitive internal manufacturing or business sector within the country has forced tourism and service to become the primary industry the Thai economy is based upon Tourism acts as Thailands main source of foreign exchange To lure visitors Thailand and its largest city Bangkok make every attempt to cater to the desires of international tourists While Bangkok boasts cheap hotels shopping and other amenities perspective travelers look for its sex industry is what gives it its distinction Bangkok has gained the reputation as a Sin City with red light districts full of go-go bars and prostitutes This characterization is for the most part true Visitors can easily find and indulge in whatever sick forms of sexual pleasure intrigues them for a relatively small price Prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand but the government understands how important bringing foreign dollars into the country is and thus allows the sex trade to flourish freely The corrupt Thai police only step in and enforce laws against the many houses of prostitution when they fail to provide a sufficient bribe If they were make arrests significant harm could be done to citys image Although that image is as a destination where someone can go have illicit sex have a few drinks spend some
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