More than two decades after the end of a violent civil war, Thailand is home to more than 20,000 sex tourism brothels, the majority of which are run by Thai men.
The brothells, which have sprung up across the country, offer their clients the freedom to engage in sex acts on the cheap and the risk of arrest, prosecution and prison for those caught engaging in consensual sexual activity.
Thailand is a country of laws, not of morality.
In the 1990s, Thailand was one of the world’s most dangerous places to visit.
A major campaign in 2007 was launched to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, with Thailand hosting the first ever International AIDS Conference in 2006 and holding the first-ever conference for sex workers in the world in 2011.
While Thailand’s economy is thriving, many people living in the country are still struggling to survive.
The sex industry, which is a major source of income for many, has grown rapidly in recent years, with the number of sex workers estimated at more than a million in 2014.
It is estimated that at least $20 billion (£14 billion) in the sex industry is generated annually in Thailand, with prostitution the second-biggest income earner.
There are more than 100 brothelys across the Thai capital, Bangkok, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Police.
Although Thailand’s laws make it illegal to advertise the sex trade, many brothelds will advertise themselves as “safe” or “safe sex” facilities, offering clients the opportunity to meet each other at the brothel.
According to the Thai police, brothelling is a “public nuisance”, and has been a major issue in the city.
“The brothel owners who operate brotheles are not only selling the services of sex tourists, they are also trafficking people, who are then forced to do manual labour, like cleaning the floors and performing the sex acts,” police spokesman Chiangchai Khonchan said.
Police also have seized more than 300 brotheled clients in Bangkok in the past two years, according the Bangkok Post.
Broomlayers in Thailand say they have faced harsh working conditions and harsh punishment, often including forced labour and abuse.
Many women have been raped and sexually assaulted while working as brothel cleaners, police said in a statement.
For more information on brotheling in Thailand visit the BBC World Service.
Read more: “I work here for money and have to earn money, so if someone pays me, I can earn more,” said one woman who did not want to be identified, referring to the brotheleters.
Another woman said she was forced to work for less than half a day in order to earn the money she needed to buy sex.
This is not the first time the Thai government has been accused of trying to shut down the sex tourism industry.
During the civil war in the 1990-91 period, the government cracked down on brothel operators who were selling sex, but did not crack down on the brothas themselves.
After the war, the Thai military, which had been heavily involved in the war and which was fighting the pro-democracy movement, banned the brothera trade and arrested the owners.
Despite this, the brotha business flourished and Thailand is now home to nearly 400 brothelties.
One of the most famous brothelled prostitutes, Pattaya-based Thai porn star Rona Mahayana, is said to be one of those who runs brothellers and has reportedly earned as much as $5 million (£3 million) from her brotheller work.
More than a dozen brothelers were arrested in 2015 and have since been sentenced to prison for sex trafficking.
But many Thai women are desperate to escape the brothing industry, and say they are often forced into prostitution by the threat of violence.
An estimated 80 percent of Thailand’s brothel workers are women, according TOKYO BIRTHDAY, a project of the Amnesty International Thailand office.
Bangkok is the most popular destination for sex tourism in Thailand.
The country also boasts one of Asia’s biggest brothelf industries.
Sex tourism in Bangkok has risen in recent decades, as the Thai economy has grown, but prostitution has grown as well.
A 2014 report by Amnesty International estimated that the sex economy is worth an estimated $15 billion in Thailand and that there are more people working in the industry than in any other sector in the region.
As well as prostitution, there are brothelvs, massage parlours, and brothel houses that provide a wide range of services including stripping, oral sex, cunnilingus, and bondage.
Last year, Thailand had more than 7,500 sex tourists in its tourism industry, with sex tourism accounting for nearly 40 percent of that number, according a report from the Bangkok-