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9 underage girls rescued from brothel posing as spa in central Thailand

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Police in Nonthaburi, just north of Bangkok, have arrested 12 people and rescued 9 underage girls in a pre-dawn raid on an un-licenced spa that was a front for prostitution. The Bangkok Post reports that the raid took place at a spa on the city’s Rattanathibet Road early yesterday morning.

Torsak Sukwimol from the Central Investigation Bureau says the raid was conducted by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, following a tip-off that customers were being offered sexual services at the premises.

“We also found that the spa’s managers procured female sex workers, including some who were under 18, for its customers.”

It’s understood the facility opened in June of last year and used social media to recruit female workers. It does not have a licence to operate as a spa, and the age of some of the girls working there means the management face child prostitution charges.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I always find the term “rescued” rather incongruous when it’s applied to stopping someone doing something they chose to do (and are doing) perfectly willingly.

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      Michael

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Underage girls working in prostitution chose to do that themselves? Girls that age should be at school.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:01 pm

        Not necessarily.

        Although the age of consent in Thailand is 15, the age of consent for commercial sex is 18 so they may well have left school two or three years beforehand.

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          Michael

          Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm

          Children that age are not capable to make decisions like that. This is not something they choose to do, unless an adult helped them to make that decision. That is the reason that there is an age limit. Adults giving them this opportunity should be put in jail.

          Really, I almost cannot believe that you say that underaged children chose to go into prostitution. You must be really ignorant to say something like that.

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            Issan John

            Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:41 pm

            Have you ever actually taken the time to ASK any?

            If you haven’t, as I suspect is the case, and you’re simply assuming that you know better based on your own very different experience, then there’s only one of us who’s “ignorant”.

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          Mike

          Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8:50 pm

          For the record – let it be known that Issan John believes underage girls being prostituted in a brothel in Thailand have chosen the life they lead and are there of their own free will.

          Idiot.

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      Nipral

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      How do you know Mr Iamneverwrong ? How can you be so rude and stupid ?
      Its your comments -all of them- that are incongruous. Give us a break !!!

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:51 pm

        Because I read the article on how they ere “recruited”

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        Andy

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:02 pm

        Agree with you. He is really never wrong!!! His comments are always Right…. according to him. What a ….

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      Adam

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      I just wanted to make a quick reply, because I often find your comments here on different articles highly irritating and completely reprehensible. Now this one on the underage sex workers being a choice, makes me think you may also be a paedophile too,you’re probably the type of foreigner that moves to SE Asia to pursue their twisted desires. How can an underage prostitute be regarded as having chose to do that and it being okay, incinuating that the managers who hired here are not doing anything wrong? You should be banned from these comment sections and deported from Issan.

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        Andy

        Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:22 pm

        5 stars Adam. Exactly.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm

        Your assumptions, your prejudices, and your ignorance aren’t really any sort of surprise.

        Have you ever treated a 16 or 17 year old bar-worker as a normal person and just chatted to them?

        Spent time with them as friends, or friends of friends, got to know them, and actually found out what their “choices” in life are and can be given their options?

        Found out that many are wise, particularly street-wise, way beyond their years and that your own experience is so different to theirs that you could be from another planet?

        Realised that, while YOU may not have been able to at their age, THEIR experience makes them more than capable of making such choices for themselves?

        FWIW, I never “incinuat[ed] that the managers who hired here are not doing anything wrong”. I never commented about them at all.

        What I commented on was:

        1. That I find the term “rescued” incongruous, knowing what the “rescue” means FOR THEM.

        2. That it is THEIR choice and they probably made the choice perfectly willingly.

        As far as the “choice” element is concerned, based on what those who’ve made the choice have told me (not just here, but at home where a lot of those working for me came from similar socio-economic backgrounds and we got to know each other very well as we had to as a basic job requirement), while I could never have made that sort of choice myself at their age as my life had been too “sheltered” so it was outside my experience, THEY could. The idea that THEY couldn’t just because I couldn’t is pure arrogance.

        My biggest problem, though, is the idea that they’re always being “rescued” without considering what they’re being “rescued” FROM or “rescued” TO.

        In many if not most cases they come from the lowest socio-economic background, from broken or abusive homes, with the only alternatives being taking or selling drugs or petty crime. Rather than do that, they CHOSE to do something else that at least didn’t harm anyone else and where they at least had friends of their own background and age who they could relate to without necessarily turning to drugs or crime.

        After being “rescued”, either here or in the West, their “rescue” means that they’re first made to feel ashamed of themselves then either returned to those same broken and abusive homes they’ve chosen to leave or put in a ‘protected’ environment in a government home where they’re laible to be either abused in a similar way at best or, at worst, learn from their new peers that taking and selling drugs and a life of crime are their “new normal” and their best options.

        When “rescued” they’re seldom taught any useful skills or a profession, not apprenticed as electricians, mechanics, engineers, plasterers, drivers, technicians, cooks or given marketable skills which many have the potential to learn, but just ‘protected’ for a couple of years, preferably out of sight.

        Many, at least in rural Thailand, will be the near half of those leaving school who are ‘functionally illiterate’ and abandoned by their “rescuers”, who are too busy clapping themselves on the back for a job well done to care about the “rescued” any more, who are left to fend for themselves now that they’re considered old enough to make their own choices.

        Sorry, but people like you sitting in your ivory towers and on your bar stools thinking that others are as incapable of thought and choice as you just because you were, while judging them by your own arrogant standards, really piss me off.

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          Eamon Guerrini

          Friday, November 27, 2020 at 3:40 pm

          Very well said John.
          We live in an imperfect world and few people understand the damage that can be done by well meaning but narrow minded do gooders.
          In this world there is no such thing as pure black and white, but many shades of grey.

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    Tony Grace

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Gentlemen I am not sure but you should be aware of some of the context that you have used in this notification for a reply ,there is a law called deformation which which can be used to bring charges against ethe perpetrators even on a reply submission and the person or persons effected by tbe said statement can bring legal proceedings against the persons or person who made such a statement, even in Thailand , the paper would have to give your e mail address if a case was was to go before the juridical system so please be aware of any slandors statements when replying on line,

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