Sex Workers in Thailand Seeks Equal Rights

by admin on May 23, 2023



The sex industry in Thailand includes workers of all genders, however, there are more women and LGBTQ persons than male sex workers. They hope for a change in Thailand’s criminal law system where their field of work would be legally recognized. A new law is being proposed with plans to legitimize Thailand’s sex industry and to allow sex workers of all genders, whatever that may be, to earn their living legally. The proposed bill aims to take the place of the 1996 Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act. The said Act stated that any person who gets paid for sex services at any given setting where prostitution takes place is liable to imprisonment for up to 15 years.

Thailand attorneys, Chaninat and Leeds, were established as a limited law company in 2001 by Thai and American attorneys with decades of experience.   The law firm specializes in estate, inheritance, and probate law in Thailand. 

Section 5 of the Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act states that any person who solicits or induces another person on a street or public space for prostitution, or commits such an act in any other place in an open manner is liable to a fine of up to 1,000 Baht.

According to practicing criminal lawyer, Jiraporn Thongphong, prostitution is strictly forbidden in Thailand. However, calling on others to take part in prostitution (pimping) is a more serious offense than prostitution itself.

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