It also signalled the start of difficult times for an estimated sex workers living in Thailand. As requests began flooding in, it became clear that without a source of income many sex workers were unable to cover the cost of daily expenses, housing and medicine. The outbreak has had a severe socioeconomic impact on the lives of sex workers, further exacerbated by the lack of social protection measures. She explained that many of the sex workers expressed that they were not eligible for the government assistance of baht.
Red-light districts from Bangkok to Pattaya have gone quiet with night clubs and massage parlors closed and tourists blocked from entering the country. That has left an estimated , sex workers out of a job, pressing some onto the streets where the risks are sharpened by the pandemic. Since Friday Thais have been under a 10 p. Bars and eat-in restaurants closed several days earlier. The government says it is ready to enforce a hour curfew if necessary to control a virus that has infected more than 2, people and killed 20, according to official figures.
Bangkok in detail. Thailand has had a long and complex relationship with commercial sex work that persists today. Despite all its other tourist draws, it's still known as a sex tourism destination, a designation that began around the time of the Vietnam War. The industry targeted to foreigners is very visible, with multiple red-light districts in Bangkok alone, but there is also a more clandestine domestic sex industry and myriad informal channels of sex-for-hire.
Since the government imposed a nationwide lockdown March 18, halting most business and inbound flights, though, her clientele has vanished — and with it her livelihood. The red-light districts of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, once throbbing with dance music and a rainbow of neon lights, have gone quiet and dark. For all its typically gaudy pomp, though, Thailand's sex industry is technically illegal, which makes it hard to take its measure.