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There are many influential business figures involved and of course, many poor girls reliant on the money they make from the industry.
The unofficial attitude taken by the authorities is that as long as nobody is hurt and it is a transaction between two consulting adults, then there is no problem. However, in one of those strange Thai contradictions, although prostitution is vaguely illegal, the 1996 act still defines the age of consent for prostitutes as 18.
If you want to reward them for their time, then buy them a drink or give a tip. However, the Thai government was never keen to criminalise a profession that has flourished in the country for centuries and they only did so under political pressure from the UN and US at the time.
The 1960 legislation was replaced in 1996 by a new piece of legislation called "The Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act".
The girls may have started working on farms or in factories from as young as eleven years old.
There is a common perception that girls working in Thailand's sex industry start at a young age.
This legislation has a vaguer definition of what constitutes prostitution.
The new act includes the proviso that it is only prostitution if the participants act in a 'promiscuous manner'.
Pattaya became a favourite destination for the GIs.
Family ties are important throughout Thailand but in Isaan parents drill it into their children from an early age that it is their duty above all else to take care of the family, and especially to provide for the parents in their old age.
The women generally come from poor farming communities. When poor families in Isaan do not have enough money to keep all their children in school, they give priority to educating their boys while sending the girls out to work.
It is the largest and poorest region of Thailand where the monthly wage can be as little as 3000-baht (approx US).
It is also the region where traditions are strongest.