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By Prachatai |
<p>Thai sex workers remain excluded from government assistance schemes, after the government ordered the closure of entertainment businesses to prevent the spread of Covid-19, causing many to lose their jobs and income.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Representatives from the sex worker rights group Empower Foundation went to Government House on Tuesday morning (29 June) to demand assistance from the government for sex workers and service sector workers affected by the closure of entertainment establishments during the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>During the Covid-19 pandemic, most sex workers have no income and no social security but are able to apply for the government aid scheme, says the Empower Foundation in a <a href=";theater&amp;ifg=1">statement</a> on Tuesday (12 May), which also called for the legalization of sex work and for sex workers to be able to join the social security scheme.</p>
By Khaosod English |
<div>A Sex workers’ rights organisation, a Deep South female football club and an environmentalist have received Women’s Day awards from the National Human Rights Commission.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The awards seek to highlight contributions to women’s rights and welfare in Thailand at a time when people around the world are speaking up against sexual harassment, said Angkhana Neelapaijit of the Human Rights Commission.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>“Many who suffered do not see themselves as victims who must hide in shame from society any longer,” said Angkhana, whose commission handed </div>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div><div>Though no Thai government has ever conducted a formal survey, UNAIDS estimated in 2014 that some 123,530 sex workers operated in Thailand, with the sex industry contributing 10 per cent of the revenue that the country generates from tourism. Another study in 2003 estimated that Thailand&rsquo;s sex industry generates an annual US$4.3 billion dollars.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While the sex industry is evidently a pillar of the country&rsquo;s economy and touches the lives of a great number of people, sex work remains outlawed in Thailand.</div></div>