Do Thai sex workers want to be “rescued?”

Thai anti-trafficking measures prove controversial –, October, 2013
…Still, many American evangelical groups in Thailand are focusing on the sex trade problem, offering women an alternative to sex work. Critics argue that these groups fail to address the root causes of sex work, including poverty and a lack of education, and are too quick to assume that none of the women have a choice. They also suggest that evangelical groups are largely motivated by the prospect that reformed sex workers will convert to Christianity.
…people employed in sex work in the country have criticised the way both the Thai authorities and American evangelical organisations are approaching the issue. The American lead anti-sex trafficking agenda, they say, is actually endangering the wellbeing of poor migrant sex workers and their families…

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