Everywhere in the world the kids must be considered
the nation’s most precious resources. They represent
a true force in the nation’s stability and
In Thailand, there are celebrations for
the Thailand kids, on the National children’s day.
Generally, at these celebrations take part children
with ages under 14 years.
In 1955, on the October’s
first Monday, it was the first celebration of the
Children’s Day, a holiday that continued till 1963
when the date was changed on the January’s second
Saturday when the rainy season is gone and it’s a
holiday of the Thai government.
stimulates the Thai kids to be aware of the important role
they play in their country. They are taught to keep their
country clean, to preserve the environment as well as the
public property. The children are told that in order to be
the nation’s strength they have to use their time with
wisdom, to be helpful, disciplined, to learn to be
But there are also negative aspects regarding the
Thai kids, such as the sexual exploitation of the
children which became a global problem attracting
the global care.
In the whole world, 1 million
children (especially girls) enter the sex commerce
that brings millions of dollars, each year.
the experience of the economic development from all
over the world, the children’s prostitution is one
of the manifestations of social diseases brought by
a social and economic development wrong balanced.
The poverty is the main reason for which the children from
the rural areas of Thailand are attracted to the
prostitution commerce. To survive, the children coming from poor families are
forced to give up school to help their parents to earn their
living. When the kid starts to work since he is little, his
hope disappears and is very probably to remain in this
circle of poverty for the rest of his life.
social pressures, the poverty and the lack of an
education and of some employment opportunities lead
the girls to the sexual and economic exploitation.
The researches show that there are about between
22.500 and 40.000 girls under 18 years old that are
prostitutes. The sexual abuse of the children, a
crime in all the states, is one of the worst effects
of the tourism. To have legislation is a thing and
its application is other thing that requires effort,
resources and often, the political will. A British
citizen was caught in 1997 having sex with a 17
years old child in a Chiang Mai bar and was arrested
and sentenced to one years of prison in Thailand.
A man from
Norway was accused in 1998 of having sex with 11 years old
boy in Pattaya and sentenced to 40 months of prison. Other
man, who had oral sex with a girl of 16 years old in 1997 in
Chonburi, was deported in France and litigated in Paris, in
October 2000. He was sentenced to 7 years of prison and had
to pay compensation to the victim.