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Understanding Child Prostitution in Thailand in the 1990s

Montgomery, Heather (2015). Understanding Child Prostitution in Thailand in the 1990s. Child Development Perspectives, 9(3) pp. 154–157.

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Child prostitution in Thailand became visible in the 1990s. Fueled by accounts by media and nongovernmental organizations, the problem was cast as a straightforward moral issue of coercive parents, helpless
child victims, and evil perpetrators. Legal interventions that prosecuted parents and clients were put in place to solve the problem. However, these policies failed to consider ethnographic research on how children and families understood prostitution, and the role it played in their kinship systems and moral economies. In this article, I look at how the problem has been conceptualized. I argue that without a fuller understanding of family relationships and the reciprocal obligations between children and parents, and without listening to children themselves, interventions to protect children were bound to fail.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1750-8606
Keywords: child prostitution; Thailand; ethnographic studies; children's agency; filial obligations
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Studies
Item ID: 46393
Depositing User: Heather Montgomery
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 14:22
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 17:13
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