Pasuk Phongpaichit is a Thai economist and a professor at Chulalongkorn University. She is the author of several books on corruption in Thailand. Dr Pasuk graduated from Monash University in Australia, and received her PhD at Cambridge University in England. Her books include A History of Thailand, Thaksin: The Business of Politics in Thailand, and Thailand's Crisis (with Chris Baker), and Guns, Girls, Gambling, Ganja (with Sungsidh Piriyarangsan and Nualnoi Treerat).
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From Peasant Girls to Bangkok Masseuses
by Pasuk Phongpaichit
In the poorer parts of the north and north-east of Thailand, peasant girls are induced to go to Bangkok and become prostitutes earning their living as "masseuses". Their remittances enable their families to meet their basic housing, water and education needs. The author portrays the world of these girls and then traces its relationship with the pattern of rural and national development.
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