Our Work in Thailand
Thailand is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia with beaches, mountains, villages and industry. Their culture values community and family with a warmth that has made their homeland known as the Land of Smiles.
Thailand is a popular tourist destination for more than 11 million people each year. Sadly, some of this tourism is not there to embrace the culture but to exploit it. Sex tourism is a major problem in Thailand. The city of Pattaya being at the top of the list, boasting the title, “The sex capital of the world” and accommodating over 5 million tourists annually.
In the red-light districts, on blatant display in the cities and hidden in rural communities, bars, brothels and massage parlors sell sex – and tourists come from all over the globe to buy it. Greed and lust fuel this evil that preys especially on vulnerable and underprivileged young girls.
Most of the girls we rescue grew up in rural villages. Poverty cripples families and many didn’t have education opportunities past fourth grade. Needing to help their families earn an income they venture to the city in search of a job. Not much is available due to their social standing and lack of education but illegitimate businesses in the red-light areas make them job offers they can’t refuse. Some of them have no idea the future that awaits them if they remain in these establishments for more than one night. Burdens of shame weigh down on them and their deep loyalty to their families causes them to hide what’s truly happening. They send their paychecks home hoping to prevent anything similar from happening to their siblings.