Thai Lawmaker Says Legalizing Prostitution Would Reduce Rape

by admin on June 23, 2020

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Despite Thailand’s worldwide image as a hotspot for prostitution, sex work remains illegal in the Southeast Asian nation even though it is widely practiced.

For this reason, many activists have long pushed for the legalization and regulation of prostitution in the Kingdom as a means of protecting sex workers from exploitation.

One Thai lawmaker, however, is championing a new reason for prostitution to be legalized–arguing that it will reduce the number of rapes and sexual assaults.

Thai Civilized Party MP Mongkolkit Suksintharanon said he will discuss the idea with the House committee that has been tasked with combatting sexual abuse.

Mongkolkit also said that legalizing sex toys would have the same effect.

His rationale?

Well, Mongkolkit argues that “most rape cases involve old male widowers and low-income earners” who don’t “have the means and the financial resources to satisfy their sexual [urges]”.

“If they could afford prostitutes, or have the means to manage their urges, the number of rape cases would decrease,” Mongkolkit said.

Recently, a number of high-profile rape cases have made the headlines in the country, leading many to push the idea of chemical castration to reduce rape.

According to Thailand family law attorneys, there are somewhere between 800,000 to 2 million active sex workers in the nation–many who are underaged.

Many prostitution rings operate in broad daylight in Thailand, loosely disguised as massage parlous, bars, nightclubs, and karaoke joints.

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