Human Traffic Watch

Human Trafficking: The Business of Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Credit Phillip MartinPattaya, Thailand

Credit Phillip Martin
Pattaya, Thailand

Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand?

“If they go into Pattaya, it’s not because Pattaya has nice beaches,” said Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello. “It’s because it has sex tourism.”

Pasquarello should know. Before taking over as Somerville’s police chief, he led the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in East Asia.

“I’ve been on plane flights going back and forth from the United States to Bangkok sitting with people who represent all walks, all professions, and they’ve gone there specifically for, as they call it, the ‘sex tourism,’” he said.

Source: WGBH News

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