There, a woman village leader from Chiang Mai, a city famous for brothels that cater exclusively to Japanese men, shocked participants by stating that young girls are now being sold to recruiters by weight.

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She states that in some northern villages, almost 100 percent of all girls from 12 to 15 years old, will enter into prostitution after they finish their compulsory education.

In Thailand, women are expected to contribute financially to the household.

According to UN figures, the country has one of the largest numbers of women engaged in work outside the home in the world-and some of the lowest salaries for women workers in the world also.

Most prostitutes consider it their duty to send their earnings back to their parents.

Tourism is the biggest foreign exchange earner in Thailand, one that brought in some $1.5 billion in foreign currency in 1986.

The ratio of male tourists to female tourists in Thailand is 2:1, according to a report by the International Labour Office entitled “From Peasant Girls to Bangkok Masseuses”.According to a conservative estimate from the Thai Police Department, there are some 500,000 prostitutes in the entire country—of which 100,000 are thought to be girls age 15 and under.Thai non-governmental agencies like the Friends of Women believe at least 800,000 women make their living as prostitutes—with 200,000 under the age of 16.One of a number of groups that works with prostitutes, FOW won an important victory recently when a Thai court ordered a brothel owner to pay damages to the parent of a prostitute (see related story).“People always focus on the women,” Niramon continued.Given the increasing difficulties in making a living in rural areas and their general lack of education and skills, rural women turn to prostitution, or are pressured into it by families, as a way of sustaining their families.