The act also imposes heavier penalties against owners of prostitution businesses and establishments: A jail term of three to fifteen years, or longer in the case of underaged or forced sex workers.
The Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act was written with a particular focus upon child prostitution and trafficking.
In July 2016 it was reported that the Thai government intends to abolish the sex industry.
1963 - 1973) Thailand has an ancient, continuous tradition of legal texts, generally described under the heading of Dhammasattha literature (Thai pron., tam-ma-sat), wherein prostitution is variously defined and universally banned.Women ("bar girls"), or men, in the case of gay bars, or transsexual ("kathoeys") are employed by the bars either as dancers (in the case of go-go bars) or simply as hostesses who will encourage customers to buy them drinks.Apart from these sorts of bars, there are a number of other sex trade venues.Prostitution is not strictly illegal in Thailand, though solicitation and public nuisance laws are in effect. Prostitution operates clandestinely in many parts of the country.Local officials with commercial interests in prostitution often protect the practice.