Wire services are required to produce weekend feature content for Sunday papers across the globe so they pick tabloidish content as it has the best chance of syndication, just like today’s article, “Thai sex industry under fire from tourism minister, police” published by Reuters.
The article comes with one great quote from Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, “We want Thailand to be about quality tourism. We want the sex industry gone”.
Aside from the quote, the rest is padding, fluff and distortion mixed with unverified stats and quotes from a sex worker who doesn’t want to be named. I’m sure Reuters could have found and bunged at least one of the 123,530 sex workers they state ply their trade in Thailand to go on the record with a quote. Is that asking too much?
No, not at all. I could go out armed with 5,000 baht and come back with a dozen quotes along with name, age and photo in less than an hour.
To me, the article was sleep-inducing, but it would appear the majority believe what they read taking it all in like a sponge meaning I’m now reading comments along the lines of Pattaya is doomed, Cowboy is closing and other such nonsense not to mention emails asking me is this for real and what is happening.
Urgh, I’ve got better things to do with my Sunday afternoon than explain something someone else has written but as briefly as I can I will.
Nothing has changed. Authorities are continuing their efforts to crack down on human-trafficking, an initiative that has been ongoing all year, with massage houses, brothels and bars being raided on a weekly basis. The majority being those servicing the Thai sector of the industry – not tourist traps like Walking Street or Patpong.
The article claims only one such raid has resulted in a closure… really? There have been two shutdown in Bangkok alone in the past few weeks never mind anywhere else in the country.
And on that note I’m outta here as this inaccurate Sunday sensationalism has wasted enough of my time.