There is also a large but unspecified number of children under parental care but suffering poverty, and thus at risk of being lured into child prostitution. But the fact is the number of homeless children is on the rise, as is the number of sexual offences against children by western males.To someone living outside of Pattaya this might appear to suggest that child sex is being sold openly on the streets, which is certainly not the case, Most children on the street are with their parents selling chewing gum, shining shoes or helping in the family business of street selling trinkets to tourists. Many Pattaya expats argue that the statistics are exaggerated, and that this is a typical western media exaggeration, targeted at further tainting the reputation of Thailand’s sin city.
Pattaya has been dubbed one of the largest sex tourism destinations in the world, and for good reason.
Thousands of prostitutes ply their trade on the coastal town, and the 24/7 hedonistic lifestyle attracts men from all over the world.
But Pattaya has an even darker side, and authorities all over the world are becoming increasingly concerned with the volume of sex offenders living and operating in Pattaya.
I predicted this would be an hour’s work or so, but three hours later, I was still unearthing new cases. Bear in mind that these are well-documented cases where evidence to prosecute was immediately available, or because a case had been built using surveillance.
But with over 400 children residing at the Pattaya orphanage, many of whom have been victims of child abuse while living on the streets of Pattaya, it seems the crime is more prevalent than ever.
To dig a little deeper I decided to do some research on western men arrested on child sex charges in Pattaya in the last 5 years.