Red lights and Tourist Ghettos
Red Light Districts and Tourist Ghettos: the Sex Industry in Thailand – The tourist orientated red light districts of Bangkok and the coastal resorts of Pattaya and Phuket attract huge numbers of migrant workers from the poorer areas of Thailand. The industry is largely a hangover from the role of ‘Rest and Recreation’ that Thailand took on for American troops during the Vietnam War. It is confined to very specific areas. These districts are self sufficient bubbles separate from the ordinary life of the country – Glittering, explosive villages mixing the traditions of Isan (the rural North East) with a tawdry, neon and deafening blast appealing to the transient hordes of holiday makers. Ordinary Thai people regard the industry with a mixture of disgust, disdain, amusement and contempt.