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MP suggests legalizing prostitution to address the surge in sexual assault cases

by Maak Ditsungnern
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MP suggests legalizing prostitution to address the surge in sexual assault cases
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The considerable number of high-profile sexual assault cases across Thailand over the past few months has led to various calls for action among government officials and members of parliament.

One proposal, submitted by two MPs from the Palang Pracharath Party last month called for chemical castration as a deterrent for would-be rapists and perpetrators of sexual assault.

Their proposal followed a high-profile case of two young students in Mukdahan who accused several teachers in their school of repeated sexual assault over the course of a year.

Since then, several other high-profile rape cases have been reported around Thailand, including a recent case of a 12-year-old girl who was continually abused over a period of time by family members and neighbors.

Now, one member of parliament has suggested legalizing prostitution and sex toys as a possible way to combat rape and sexual assault.

MP Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, from the Thai Civilized Party, said that he would request backing from the House committee that works to combat rape to back his proposal.

The MP suggested that if prostitution became legalized in Thailand, the government should provide help to people who cannot afford such services. He said:

“Most rape cases involve old male widowers and low-income earners. These people do not have the means and financial resources to satisfy their sexual [urges]. So, they vent their frustration on family members. If they could afford prostitutes, or have the means to manage their urges, the number of rape cases would decrease.”

The House committee, of which Mr. Suksintharanon is a member and advisor, said that it would consider all proposals to deal with the increasing number of sex-related crimes in Thailand before submitting a proposal to a new bill in July.

Source: Bangkok Post