The Thailand Forum

The Thailand expat forum for Travel, Lifestyle and Fun.



Welcome to the TeakDoor.com The Thailand Forum.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view some discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us

TeakDoor Advertising Rates

Forum Home Donate Arcade Chat Room Gallery Property Mark Forums Read
Go Back   TeakDoor.com - The Thailand Forum > Living And Legal Affairs In Thailand > Thailand and Asia News
Home Register TD Links FAQ Members List Calendar Weather Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thailand and Asia News The News Forum. Thai News, world News and current affairs. Find out what's happening in the world today. For local Thai News check out Bangkok News, Chiang Rai News, Pattaya News and Phuket News.
Robust discussion is allowed, but posters should stay on topic and refrain from personal attacks.


Thai Dating  Savile Row Fashion Bangkok

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-04-2013, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
Mid
Thailand Expat
 
Mid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 46,418
Mid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand Expat
Sex Workers of ASEAN, Unite!

Sex Workers of ASEAN, Unite!
Suluck Lamubol
Sun, 07/04/2013

An art exhibition at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre illustrates the stigma and plight commonly faced by sex workers in ASEAN countries.




Their work is considered illegal in most of the countries in ASEAN. Apart from facing constant harassment from the authorities while at work, they are most at risk of arrest under anti-trafficking laws. Yet sex workers contribute 2%-14% of some nations’ GDP, according to the ILO.




Last November, sex workers from ten ASEAN countries plus Timor-Leste met at the 1st ASEAN Sex Workers Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to discuss common problems faced by sex workers in the region, and how the looming ASEAN Economic Community would affect them.

Despite diverse social contexts and cultural backgrounds, the one thing sex workers in ASEAN seem to face is stigma and discrimination from society, hence the rationale behind “Yet, still we dance! Sex Workers of ASEAN Art Exhibition,


The exhibition, now showing at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre, aims to reduce the stigma and public misunderstanding, as well as campaign for the rights of sex workers, whose work is technically illegal in all ASEAN countries except Singapore, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.


The showcase includes photography, painting, and installation art from representatives of ASEAN countries, such as the Philippines Sex Workers’ Collective, Vietnamese Network of Sex Workers and $carlet Timor Collective.

“The exhibition is important as a way for the public to understand more about sex workers, that they are indeed knowledgeable, creative and intelligent people, and that they need to be recognized in the policy making process.” said Chantawipa Apisuk, director of the Empower Foundation who spearheaded this project with support from the UNDP.

Chantawipa said the ASEAN Economic Community is getting closer with many strategies on tourism and trade, yet sex workers, who are involved in these sectors, are still discriminated against and unprotected by the law. So a network of sex workers in ASEAN would provide solidarity and resources for them to stand up for their rights in the future, she said.












Jon Ungpakorn, a senior human rights activist who has worked on HIV/AIDS issues for over a decade, emphasized in a speech during the exhibition opening last Tuesday that every sex worker has human rights. They should not be criminalized and should be protected under the labour laws just like any other profession, he said.


Most sex workers seem to agree on this, including Chantawipa, who proposed that Thailand and other ASEAN nations legalize prostitution to eliminate discrimination and provide legal protection.

“Even the guardians of the law are our customers,” she said. “During the day they are the police, but at night they are our customers.”

prachatai.com
__________________
"Keeping quiet while monks and other peaceful protesters are murdered and jailed is not evidence of constructive engagement." - Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch.

"I think...I think it's in my basement. Let me go upstairs and check" - M.C. Escher
Mid is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Thailand Company Registration
Gods of Thailand
Bangkok Escort
Old 08-04-2013, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord of Swine
 
Necron99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Nahkon Sawon
Posts: 10,529
Necron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand ExpatNecron99 Thailand Expat
The ones with the bags on their heads probably don't do so well out of niche markets.
Like alcohol, cigarettes and most other vices, thailand will stumble on this. Given the debacle the eu has become, it's amazing it's still even being contemplated.
Necron99 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
Thailand Expat
 
9999's Avatar
 
Last Online: 15-09-2014 06:47 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: On the street, dusting off houses to meat
Posts: 5,208
9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat9999 Thailand Expat
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mid
Yet sex workers contribute 2%-14% of some nations’ GDP, according to the ILO.
WTF?? That's huge! WTF is 'the ILO'?
9999 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 03:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
Mid
Thailand Expat
 
Mid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 46,418
Mid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand ExpatMid Thailand Expat
Quote:
Originally Posted by 9999
WTF is 'the ILO'?
International Labour Organization
Mid is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Register Forum Home Donate FAQ Members List Calendar

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

TeakDoor Advertising Rates

All times are GMT +7. The time now is 08:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2 PL2
Copyright ©2005 - 2013 by TeakDoor.com
Page generated in 0.19062 seconds with 22 queries