Should Prostitution Be Legalized in Thailand?

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Should prostitution in Thailand be legalized?

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Picture in your mind this scenario:

Jane is a 26 year old single woman who makes her living working the streets as a prostitute. She is clean, and is tested regularly for diseases. Jane is standing on the street, dressed promiscuously. Within minutes she is picked up by John, a lonely single man looking for a quick fix. She rides with him to a nearby hotel and they engage in sexual activity. When they finish, John hands Jane one hundred dollars and he takes her back to the corner where she had been picked up a few hours earlier. Immoral as some may see it, this was a victimless crime. No one was injured, hurt or put in danger, not until she is walking back to her car and is stopped once again. This time, however, she is stopped by police who arrest her for prostitution, a crime in most areas of the United States.

I will be giving an argumentative speech regarding whether or not the prostitution should be legalized and I'm going to be for this, saying that prostitution should be legalized in Thailand. Before going further, there are certain statistics that I would like to share with my audience.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand the Thai sex industry alone generates upwards of 100 billion baht each year

According to the Thailand Government Public Health Department, there are approximately 75,000 prostitutes in Thailand However several well-informed non governmental organization (NGO) groups estimate that the number of prostitutes at any given time is close to 2 million.  This figure represents 9% of female adult population and 3.15% of total population

According to reliable surveys by United Nation on sexual behavior in Thailand, every day at least 450,000 Thai men visit prostitutes

Sex industry is one of the largest industry in Thailand
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, 2,650,992 tourists arrived from Europe in 2002. There were 730,402 from the Americas (USA, Canada & Mexico), 427,109 from Australia & New Zeal and and

245,822 from the Middle East.
This would equate to 49,266 visits to a prostitute per day.
Compared to the survey which indicates that every day at least 450,000 Thai men visit prostitutes, the "farang" component represents only 10% of the total daily visits to prostitutes in Thailand.

(Transistion - I'm quite sure, most of you know what prostitution is. But before I get to the main part of my presentation, I will like to briefly explain what prostitution is all about and how it all started here in Thailand)

What is Prostitution?

Prostitution is when one offers sexual services in return for financial money. Although usually traded for money, prostitution is also bartered for almost anything that has monetary value. The term ‘Prostitute’ customarily refers to a female who is participating in prostitution as a way to earning a living. Male prostitutes are usually seen less in this line of work. Male prostitutes are referred to as gigolos or escorts for female clients and hustlers or rent boys when with male clients.

Transition – Now let's talk about how it all started in Thailand) History of Prostitution in Thailand

Until 1800 when slavery was abolished by King Rama V, the Law of the Three Seals allowed men to buy females (from parents and husbands) to become wives of the third (lowest) category. The first category was legally wed wives and the second category was women not wed to the men, who bared their children (minor wives). The third category was basically sex slaves. King Rama IV enacted the Sale of Wives by Husbands Act in 1868, forbidding husbands to sell wives without their consent. With these new laws, the slave wives disappeared. However this new "freedom" caused many women to voluntarily enter prostitution to earn a living. Brothels were perfectly legal under the law at that time. Prostitution has been illegal in Thailand only for the past 30 years. In a 1996...
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