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Woman talks about the life of a Thai “pretty” after model’s death

Caitlin Ashworth

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Following the news of a model who died after working as a hostess at a Bangkok party, Thai media spoke with a woman, known in Thailand as a “pretty,” about what it’s like to work in the lucrative, yet shady Thai model entertainment industry where many work as hostesses at parties and events that often involve alcohol, drugs and sex work.

“Miss Cake” told the Thai news outlet Daily News that pretties are sent to parties by “modelling agencies.” The parties are even categorized depending on if drugs or sex are involved. Apparently the parties are either “En-Up,” “En-V” or just “En” for entertainment. En-Up means drugs are involved, while En-V means the pretties will offer sexual services. Other pretties work at promotional events like auto shows. Since nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Bangkok have been closed due to the pandemic, many of the parties are now held at private homes.

If a pretty is working at an En-Up party, Miss Cake says that means there will be ecstasy, known as “khanom,” the Thai word for a dessert or snack. She says good “khanom” shipped from overseas costs around 900 to 1,000 baht while the poor quality, Thai-made drugs cost 500 baht. Just about every pretty takes drugs, she says. If mixed with ketamine, Miss Cake says it can be dangerous.

Daily News spoke with Miss Cake following the death of a 33 year old Witchayaporn “Wawa” Wisetsombat who worked died in a hospital after working as a hostess at a party in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. She had been hired by a modelling agency to serve drinks at a private party. Her younger sister told the Bangkok Post that Wawa was a product presenter and never sold sex or used narcotics. Doctors told the Post Wawa died from respiratory and blood system failure. They are still waiting for the results for a toxicology test.

The death of another model back in 2019 shed light on the abuse and danger many pretties face in the industry. 25 year old Thitima “Lunlabelle” Noraphanpiphat died from “extreme alcohol intoxication,” according to an autopsy report. Her dead body was found in the lobby of a Bangkok condominium. 6 people were found guilty for involvement in Lunlabelle’s death.

Abuse is common in the industry and many women working as pretties are often pressured into drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The work of pretties is looked down upon in Thai society. Due to the stigma, many due not file complaints when they are abused.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

 

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    Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Source: Thai Visa

    No surprise there.

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    Ian

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Doesn’t matter about the source ij we all know it goes on and not just in thailand women are exploited like this all over the world, money talks as they say

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    Bruno

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    maybshe was raped or what ? by some upper class from thais – with money who can get away with anything – busines as usuall

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    Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Ian, somehow you both miss my point and get it, in equal measure – since “we all know” already, what’s the point? 😮

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      Dee Nayaal

      Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      “since “we all know” already, what’s the point?” says he…

      Yes, “fantastic” idea John, let’s “stick” to reporting what “we all don’t know” and to, like, stuff that “really” matters – who needs more info om that “sleazy” Thai model industry, or on Harvey Weinstein-like “abuse” of “power” elsewhere these days…
      We all “know” what’s going on already, so what’s the “point”, just “cashing-in” on the “Thailand-haters” again, right?

      Same goes for all these repetitive reports on various levels of “corruption” and other scandals, all the way to say the “treatment” of Uighur minorities in China, come on now, everybody knows it’s “nothing new under the sun”, what’s the point, aye?

      Let’s be a little more “selective” about the “realities” we “accept” from now on, lads.

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    Yiannis Barnettopoulos

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Would you prefer a Bangkok Post version of similar events, John?

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1760229/lunlabelle-case-unmasks-dark-secret-in-thai-society

    Same old…

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    Gan ching chuan

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Nowadays these hostesses often die of hiv infection or severe drug abuse. In the old days, most hostesses retired back to their villages and married and setteled down with alcoholic problems. Nowadays these hotesses die and never return home to their villages in the Northern part of Thailand. Nowadays the synthetics drugs are too addictive and dangerous. We cry for these women, some come from nearby countries.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    It’s just sad no matter how you want to look at it. I can’t believe she didn’t know what she was getting into, but it’s a shame she died.

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    Sanuk

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    You call this being exploited? “Pretties” choose to work in this field. They choose to use their born beauty to make easy money. I’m sure they all know the risks involved with gigs like these, yet they still choose to do it, instead of getting a regular job like us “unpretties.”
    So no, I wouldn’t say they’re exploited.

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    Kuhn David

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    They may be “pretty” on the outside, but inside they are no different than a street corner Harlot.

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    Tony

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:23 am

    There is always a heavy price to pay for fame. Unfortunately it’s not only Bangkok it happens all over the world New York. London .Paris. Malian. ect
    Sadely dreams don’t always come true.but the damage it causes stays forever.

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Better to be top in one’s field than on the bottom rung.

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:13 am

    “Exploited” may not be the best choice of words. We all have to play the hand we get dealt. Suppose being pretty was about all she really had going for her? Is it really all that different from an athlete who can’t really do anything else but play the game? It doesn’t hurt to have sympathy for others even if they caused their own misfortunes.

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    J West

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:22 am

    People overdose at parties all the time. The newest “ designer drugs” are most often just a garbage pail concoction of poisonous chemicals. The idea that “ better quality EU origin drugs” are available is BS, they’re all made here out of poorly mixed pesticides and kerosene, base alkaline reactions, . Think about it… a pin point tiny grain of fentynal is enough to kill. Shame this girl died, poor thing. Too bad it takes a “sexy angle” to publicly expose the sad fact that drug use kills users… every day across Thailand and the world….even pretty ones.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Agreed, J West, and sadly there’s no easy answer.

    Funny thing is, in Issan Thaksin’s not remembered fondly (if that’s the right word) for introducing the “Yellow Card” universal medical cover or extending education (neither actually his party’s idea) but for massively reducing drug dealing, as people were afraid to deal drugs as they didn’t want to end up face down in a drainage ditch with an extra hole in their head.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Whos saying she died of drugs it says respiratory failure could be many things, talk about jumping to assumptions

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Besides the fact it’s not normal for young people to suddenly die of respiratory and blood system failure. Those are some of the classic symptoms of a fentanyl overdose. Maybe it was something other than a drug OD, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. That aside, I do agree the term “exploited” might not be appropriate. People can willingly take a job and still end up exploited. However having the ability to leave a job after learning the duties and pay, and continue to work there pretty much negates the tag. At the very least it does for those who have other options. So sad and senseless, your heart has to go out to her family in their loss.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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