Child Labor And Child Prostitution In Thailand: Changing Realities
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 18 by Simon Baker
Child Labour and Child Prostitution in Thailand: Changing Realities, explains why there bas been a dramatic decline in Thai child labour numbers. Today, the position of Thai children has never been better. Their lives differ greatly from their grandparents. parents, and even older siblings.
They are fewer, as a proportion of the total population, better educated, and far less likely to be working as child labourers or child prostitutes than at any other time. Changes to the lives of Thai children have taken place over generations, particularly since the late 1980s.
At that time, the onset of an economic boom, combined with fertility declines, resulted in many children no longer working in the rice fields or factories, but in their main occupation: study. This change has and will continue to result in major benefits to Thai society.
216 pages, 1 map, 27 pp. charts
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