United Nations Children's Fund estimates that one-third of sex workers in Southeast Asia are 12 to 17 years of age.
Meanwhile, depdc workers are keeping a close watch on the Chais' beautiful 12-year-old daughter, Nangdee.
Border area's products are drugs and daughters.
Without prospects at home, they are easy targets for the booming sex industry across the border in Thailand which, according to a study by Chulalongkorn University in 1993, is worth a staggering 15 billion.
Also, a memorandum of understanding was signed in 1999 between womens groups and the Thai government detailing guidelines for the treatment of the victims of trafficking.Phil Marshall, manager of a,.N.Image 1 of / 4, image 1 of 4, ngun Chai, the father of Nangdee (left sold her sister into prostitution.With pale skin and virginity at a premium in the sex industry, the smuggling of Burmese girls as young as 12 is not uncommon.Despite the risks, there is no shortage of parents willing to sell their children."We tend to think of trafficking as involving sophisticated crime organizations, but on se rencontre aujourd'hui face a face much of it is really a cottage industry involving small- time profiteers said Phil Marshall, manager of.N.My mother thinks money is more important than.".But there are stumbling blocks.Thai men and foreigners, mostly Europeans - can order girls like they order pizza said depdc Director Sompop Jantraka.
With prices varying from 114 to 913 - the latter figure equal to almost six years' wages for most families - parental bonds in impoverished households are easily broken.
As an orphan, brought to Thailand by her boyfriend, who subsequently sold her into the sex industry, she now owes her brothel owner 40,000 Baht (650) - the amount it cost him to buy her.
Alternatives for prostitutes in Mae Sai.Like so many of the young girls in Thailands northern brothels, Khoung is from Myanmars (also known as Burma) Shan minority."We tend to think of trafficking as involving sophisticated crime organizations, but much of it is really a cottage industry involving small- time profiteers said.There are no reliable statistics on the number of children working in the sex industry worldwide, but the lowest figure cited is 1 million."We can try to eradicate the abuses of the sex industry, but for many Burmese women the real problem is back in Myanmar, where they lack the opportunities to make a life for themselves.They just want to get on with earning money so one day they can return home and give their families a better life."."The real tragedy for these women is a political one says Ohmar.Somporn Khempetch, coordinator of the, child Protection and Rights Center in Mae Sai, said 50 girls in Pa Tek had died last year from aids."I should have asked for 10,000 baht (228 La Chai said.