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Thailand's Most Notorious Pimp, Urges The Thai Government To "Stamp Out Prostitution"
Thailand's most notorious pimp, Chuwit Kamolvisit has earned a fortune in Thailands's lucrative sex industry. He made millions with his "massage parlors", which are well known to be nothing more than legalized houses of prostitution. Chuwit has since claimed to have reformed, and changed his ways, something of a "born again Buddhist." He is now Thailand's most controversial politician, after a failed bid in his campaign to be the governor of Bangkok, he won 4 seats in the 2011 national election. Since entering politics, Chuwit has earned a reputation for staging sensational publicity stunts, pulling out all the punches in order to draw attention to himself.
His latest antics have many people in Thailand saying that it is a lot like "the pot calling the kettle black." The Nation newspaper reported yesterday, February 13th, 2012, that Chuwit is demanding that Thailand's government stamp out prostitution. He is quoted as saying he would go to the US Embassy today to provide information on human trafficking. He also stated "The sex industry earns more than 200 billion THB per year. It's [equivalent to] almost 10 per cent of the country's national budget." We must assume Chuwit knows what he is talking about, after all he has already gone on record and admitted that he is personally responsible for pimping out thousands of Thai women, and paying bribes to police in order to continue running his brothels.
The label of "Pimp" is not something that Chuwit shies away from, in fact it is a title that he embraces. He is quoted as saying "Politics is no different from my former business – except that it is more dirty." If we were to publish a new Thai-English dictionary, Chuwit's name would have to appear as a reference when explaining the meaning of the English word "hypocrite". While campaigning during his bid for governor of Bangkok, Chuwit frequented red light districts such as Patpong and Sukhumvit, and promised sex trade workers that he would fight for relaxed legislation, and and later hours of operation for bars and brothels.
It wasn't until Chuwit spent time in prison, that he decided he was going to go straight, and expose the police who he had been paying bribes to. If you ask Chuwit why he went to jail, he will say that he refused to pay bribes. If you ask the police that were involved, they will tell you that Chuwit had ordered hired thugs to remove tenants from his property, even though they had valid rental contracts, then bulldozed the land making all contracts null and void. The violent clashes at Sukhumvit Soi 10 are well documented, many people were seriously injured, and bar owners and staff were forced out, then the buildings were torn down. The victims were left not knowing who was responsible, Chuwit doesn't deny hiring police to clear the land, yet he claims they went to far.
So now when we hear that Chuwit is embarking on a crusade against the business that made him what he is today, we have to wonder how sincere he actually is? At the end of the day, is he an ex-con, a criminal, a pimp, a human trafficker, or a crusader of justice for the Thai people? Is he really interested in stamping out prostitution, or is it all just smoke and mirrors? Only time will tell, however I don't expect that Thailand's sex trade is at any risk of closing shop any time soon.
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