but the sex trade, and the "Farang" who come to exploit it. They say that if you can't find it in Bangkok then it doesn't exist.An estimated 800,000 girls and women work the night scene in Thailand. There almost everything is up for grabs and the reason is pretty simple - lack of jobs and poverty.It was traditional for boys to swim naked and no one saw any reason to break with the tradition until cultural mores changed radically after the 1960s.People who didn’t experience this find it hard to believe.
It's no wonder young girls from up country head for the bright lights and the opportunity to work. It blossomed during the Vietnam War and now it thrives.When we went to the pool our tour guide said, “you men will probably remember the barbaric practice of having to swim naked.” I protested, “it wasn’t barbaric, it was a good tradition.” A couple of the guys in our group, with whom I probably had swimming classes, nodded in agreement.The guide asserted, “Well, I think it was barbaric.I recently attended a reunion of the class of 1961 of Bennett High School in Buffalo, NY.As part of the weekend events we were given a tour of our high school to see what had changed and what remained the same.