According to UNAIDS, there were around 144,000 prostituted people in Thailand in 2017, with around 123,000 women and 18,000 men involved in prostitution. Minimum wage (THB 300 – USD 9.4) is lower than the average price for intercourse with a prostituted person (THB 500 – USD 15.7), so many women turn to prostitution to support the needs of their families. Many Thai women are alone in trying to provide for their children, which results in them having to turn to prostitution, especially within populations of minors who cannot lawfully be employed. Teen pregnancy is still prevalent; 9% of women between the ages of 20 to 24 had their first child before the age of 18 (2011-2016 period) and 6% of teenage girls between 15 and 19 were mothers (2009-2014 period) (UNICEF, December 2017). However, another UNICEF report revealed higher rates: 13% and 9% in 2016 (National Statistic Office of Thailand, UNICEF, 2017).

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