If a man goes to a prostitute, he is also a prostitute. She says they bury their feelings and hide their experiences even when they visit the doctor, sore with venereal diseases. Yet even as the issue moves onto the international agenda, the subject makes politicians and tourist officials so uncomfortable that they deny or belittle it. Next to her, Sister Michele, a young Catholic nun from India, bends down to cradle the girl. Prostitution, particularly involving children, is a serious crime in military-ruled Burma, but girls taken from the club would have no problem with the authorities, the waiter assured the company, but did not explain why not. At 13, she still looked small and guileless enough to play with dolls. The US and EU have promised more sanctions against the junta and Japan has said it will cut humanitarian aid to the country.
Thailand says it has started to do so.
Thailand says it has started to do so. Lek grabs a stick and begins striking the air with every new point. Only a deep hollow we need to fill. While a girl works off the "advance," she is held in virtual bondage in the brothel. As a result of the restrictions, what is known is limited to a "basic picture based on what victims have said, and information that leaks out," Ms Patchareeboon wrote in an email. Ms Patchareeboon said that tougher sanctions "will have a direct impact on children who are already vulnerable, increasing their risk significantly". As soon as Lek sees her photograph, the quiet year-old girl is transformed.