Child Prostitution in Thailand

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    Child prostitution is an old, global and complex phenomenon, which deprives children of their childhood, human rights and dignity. Child prostitution can be seen as the commercial sexual exploitation of children involving an element of forced labour, and thus can be considered as a contemporary form of slavery. Globally, child prostitution is reported to be a common problem in Central and South America and Asia. Of all the south-east Asian nations, the problem is most prolific in Thailand. In Thailand, there appears to be a long history of child prostitution, and this article explores the factors that underpin the Thai child sex industry and the lessons and implications that can be drawn for health care and nursing around the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)144-155
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


    • Child health
    • Childhood
    • Child protection
    • Children's rights
    • Moral issues


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