By LAURA TESTER

Above: Film producers, all from or originally from Central Alberta, shoot the film called She Has A Name, in the Thai countryside. The movie about sex trafficking will be released on December 2.

It’s a country known for white sand beaches, ornate Buddhist temples — and several of the largest red-light districts.

Thailand has an estimated 250,000 prostitutes, according to black market information provider Havocscope, making it one of the world’s leaders in sex trade. Most are young women and girls, some are “ladyboys” and young children.

Whether or not those working in the sex trade come voluntarily or have been forced into it, the end result is the same. They’re treated as a commodity.

A young sex worker sits waiting at a bar in Nana Plaza, a three-storey red-light district in Bangkok.

A young sex worker sits waiting at a bar in Nana Plaza, a three-storey red-light district in Bangkok.

They wear numbers on wristbands or their shirts as Thai men, the largest percentage of clientele, and foreign men seek their sexual services in bars, massage parlours and on city streets. The majority of prostitutes come from desperately poor regions to work in Bangkok and Pattaya, infamously dubbed the sex capital of the world.

The sheer magnitude of Thailand’s multi-million-dollar sex trade is huge. It’s not strictly illegal and Thai culture largely accepts it.

A Better World Canada isn’t deterred.

Read this full article about A Better World Canada’s amazing project in Thailand to fund the work of Home of New Beginnings through She Has A Name.

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