Working at the Bar: Sex Work and Health Communication in Thailand

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This study arose from a suggestion made during a luncheon meeting in 1988 by Dr. Werasit Sittitrai, currently Associate Director, Policy Strategy and Research, UNAIDS, and at that time Deputy Director of the Program on AIDS for the Thai Red Cross Society. It would never have been undertaken without that impetus. The conduct of this study was assisted by support from two sources, neither of which bears any responsibility for the methods, data, conclusions, or recommendations of this study. The Chulabhorn Research Institute, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, provided travel support for the 1990 International Congress on AIDS in Developing Nations, which also assisted in data gathering during Phase I. Travel support was also provided by the School of Communication of the University of Miami during Phases I and II, in addition to sabbatical support. The assistance of both is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.

Owners of both the buildings and land of many of the areas studied and owners and managers of many of the bar businesses located there granted interviews, though I was refused interviews by others. Granting interviews and assisting greatly in the understanding of the bar business were: Khun Udom Patpongpanit, the land and building owner of Patpong until his death in 1996; Khun Varita Vajrabhaya, Khun Udom’s daughter and Director of the Patpong Company Limited; Lothar Kroehn, owner of the Baby bar group and Ocean View Hotel in Pattaya during Phase I; Khun Dick, who prefers that identification, owner of the first farang (Western) bars outside of the American B-52 base at Utapao during the Vietnam War, and of several of the earliest farang bars in Bangkok and Pattaya; Khun Somsak Sangsrisuk, manager for the Kings Group in Patpong during Phases I and II; and Khun Pongpinit Chunkaew, former manager of Asian Intrigue in Nana Entertainment Plaza. Many other managers, several other owners, and all mamasans interviewed requested that they not be identified, but the help of each was important and appreciated. All were gracious in giving of their time, and several provided information difficult to impossible to obtain elsewhere.

A number of Thai persons who at one time were involved with the industry have asked to be identified only by nickname; others preferred no identification.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - On Studying Sex Work 1
  • 2 - Numbers and Types of Workers and Workplaces 17
  • 3 - The Routes to Bar Work 47
  • 4 - Reasons for Not Working 61
  • 5 - Moral and Religious Concerns 85
  • 6 - Bar Worker Demographics 101
  • 7 - Employment Statistics 127
  • 8 - Partner Selection and Negotiations 163
  • 9 - Aids in Thailand 185
  • 10 - Condom Use and Health Communication in Foreign-Oriented Bars 237
  • 11 - Hopes, Dreams, and the Future 249
  • 12 - Support Staff, Management, and Owners 275
  • 13 - Customer Motivation and Behavior 303
  • 14 - Policy on Sex Work 341
  • Glossary 379
  • References 401
  • Index 425
  • About the Author 436
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