in the book i was reading by Tiziano terzani about his travels in far east asia (thanks to whovever recommended it on the forum) he states that across the whole of Asia you know when a town is prospering by the level of prostitution that occurs.
Unfortunatly it's an activity that someone will always pay for and there's always someone desperate enough to do it. it's sad, but part of life.
It's said to be the oldest profession in the world.
I don't know it for other countries, but in Thailand, the government now supports funds when you decide to go for SME Business (small-medium enterprises), like making OTOP products or handicrafts if agricultural work doesn't generate enough income to them. The government will also provide support on consulting and exporting of the products. The businesses might not generate huge income but people in rural area could now have reason to wake up everyday and could fulfill their stomach. There are also "gold card" for those who are not covered by Social Security Fund, the "30 Baht for all kind of sickness" plan. So, poor people can now be sure that they get medical treatment, at least at minimum requirement, at the time they need.
My point is that - Thailand is not the same as last 10-20 years anymore. I don't think money should be a major excuse for "those girls any longer." Unless they prefer to go on easy way, there are always more honorable but more difficult ways to choose for. And the easy way come to them mostly when there are seduced by desperados.
For, Loubylou, don't believe in everything you are told. Please believe in things that are proved to you to be true.
yes, there is no hunger issue in large Thai towns - the temples would feed anybody from the lunch leftovers (you can see such arrangment run from the Wat Chana Songkhram at the top of Khaosan).
Starving can always go to the monks private quoters and ask them directly for food (they would share their rice received earlier from alms). I have seen it at Wat Mahathat when I was visiting my friend there (I was surprised that even physically healthy and reasonably well-fed man got his meal).
Girls 'on the business' don't have much honour and would ask for a food/tip saying anything.
surely it's better to buy someone a meal rather than give them money when you don't know what they're going to do with it.
I don't see that it's wrong to buy someone a meal if they choose to do that for someone else. Surely goodwill gestures are not to be sneered at.
right - but there are others who might be in a more dear situation than warking call-girls.
I would rather give food/money to the homeless kids and disabled elderly begging on the pavements.
"...right - but there are others who might be in a more dear situation than warking call-girls.
I would rather give food/money to the homeless kids and disabled elderly begging on the pavements..."
That's very generous & kind of you
Well, what Loubylou decided to do was not a bad choice. I just don't think that girls who haven't eaten for a week still can move themselves around to beg for food and money.
OK, this is a story that used to happen to me:
I once walk along the street, going for lunch. A skinny girl who was in terrible condition approached me, and this how the conversation went:
The girl: Miss, could you give me some money? Haven't ate anything yet today.
Looking at her appearance, I feel like proving something out, so I said:
Me: I am going to find something to eat too, and as we're almost there, why don't you come with me? I will buy you some food.
The Girl: No, .. but I want money, better give me money.
Me: But if you go with me, you may get more food than the money I give. May be you can eat good food? No?
The Girl: No, I want money....
This thing happened at that time before this government declared war with drugs. I knew for what reason she wanted money and I didn't want to give for that reason.
Our King says "if you give fishes to poor people, they will survive for one or two days, but if you give them fishing tools, they will survive for lives."
I interpreted it --- if you give money to people , they go spend it out, if you give them knowledge and surviving skill, they can work and feed themselves for the whole lives." ---