One of the many go-go bars in Pattaya. The girls in the bar work as prostitutes.

Thailand's Pattaya

Of Thailand's 7 million tourists each year, fully 70 to 80 percent are men, many of whom come for one reason--sex. Although the Thai authorities protect with an obsession their venerated national pastime, they equally protect its containment and the propagation of the illusion that it doesn't exist. As somebody said: 'Sure, you can get to the bottom of the sex trade here. Pull from the hamper all the dirty laundry. Expose the corrupt officials and the Chinese mob. It's not a very well kept secret. You'll just end up married to a concrete block at the bottom of the Chao Phraya River before you can tell anyone about it'.