Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex tourists

Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex tourists
By Dan Rivers, CNN
July 5, 2010 12:11 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- "He seemed a little confused and unsure of his surroundings. Karl Kraus sat alone in a cell, his blue, watery eyes following me as I entered the holding area of a Chiang Mai courthouse. Karl Kraus is 90 years old, hard of hearing, frail and, according to the police, a dangerous pedophile."

While the article is a little light on specifics and overall coverage, it is still a telling portrait of the situation. Thailand has been a country that is very schizophrenic about the sex industry. On one hand they would really like to shut it down, or at least slow it down. But, on the other hand, it is a huge part of the country's income. The money that comes in from the sex trade is staggering when you look at it from a local Thai perspective. That's one reason you can still find young girls from the countryside sold into the industry by their families. With the possible exception of those in the Appalachian mountains, there is no one in the US that has any idea of what this kind of poor truly is.
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