- Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:27
- Written by Ashraf Wahab
WHENEVER young men (and old men too) in this country talk about crossing our Northern border, three things usually crosses people’s minds.
First, these men go there for some cheap shopping deals. Secondly, they go there to get married (usually to their second or third wives). Finally, the third and higher possibility of seeking sex workers.
A question to ask: What is all the fuss about going to Thailand for sex?
We’re not in any way promoting the action, but did you know that Malaysia has more sex workers per population than our neighbouring country?
To top it all, here is the top 10 list of countries with the highest sex workers per 10,000 people, as reported by Live & Invest Overseas News.
10. Thailand (45 sex workers per 10,000 people)
Here’s the surprise- prostitution is actually illegal in Thailand! However in practice, it is tolerated and partly regulated.
9. Germany (49 per 10,000)
Organised prostitution here dates back as far as 1200’s AD. Unlike other European Union countries, it is wide spread, organised, and legal here in Germany.
8. Malaysia (52 per 10,000)
Malaysia has been put by the U.S on the blacklist of countries with the worst cases of human trafficking and human rights abuse, including child prostitution.
7. Brazil (53 per 10,000)
Here’s a paradox: The act of prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) is legal here, however it is illegal to run a brothel or to employ prostitutes in any other way.
6. China (60 per 10,000)
It is estimated that prostitution contributes to as much as 5% to the country’s annual GDP despite it being illegal.
5. Nigeria (63 per 10,000)
The latest trend in the country: sex tourism market for divorced older western women. And in Lagos, patrons normally buy ‘quickie’ without a bench, mattress or any form of luxury, but only by standing.
4. Philippines (85 per 10,000)
Prostitutes in the country wear “bargirl” ID tags in noticeable places, and are supposed to be regularly tested for STDs.
3. Peru (102 per 10,000)
If they are over 18 years old and register themselves with municipal authorities plus carry a health certificate, women are legally cleared for prostitution.
2. South Korea (110 per 10,000)
It looks like Korea’s economy and music aren’t the only things on the rise. Despite the law’s successes in red-light zones, the country’s sex trade continues to flourish underground.
1. Venezuela (119 per 10,000)
Poor economic conditions are the cause here, but then again only 20% of the sex workers here were actually born in the country.