Thailand is considered “a source, destination and transit country” for human trafficking. “Lack of documentation continues to expose migrants to potential exploitation; in the northern areas of Thailand, lack of citizenship makes highland women and girls particularly vulnerable to being trafficked. Some children from neighboring countries are forced by their parents or brokers to sell flowers, beg, or work in domestic service in urban areas. NGOs reported an increase in the number of children in commercial sexual exploitation, with false identification, in karaoke or massage parlors,” states the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Beyond the root issue of sin, some of the factors we see contributing to the prominence of trafficking in Thailand include broken families, lack of citizenship and legal rights for hill tribe people, and cultural and religious mindsets such as the pressure upon children to provide for their parents and siblings. 

“I think initially we had a very narrow concept of what constitutes human trafficking, but being in Thailand we began to see a broader injustice occurring in the sex industry. These girls hadn’t been abducted or physically forced into prostitution, yet their social conditions had virtually removed personal choice from the equation.” Benjamin Nolot - Exodus Cry