Thailand is a very popular tourist destination.The world is experiencing a shift away from traditional patterns of international tourism because of increased wealth and access to travel, and as an result, Thailand is now in fact Southeast Asia's biggest tourist destination. The reasons for its popularity include the ancient architecture, warm hospitality, savoury cuisine and overall natural beauty. Amongst computer parts, garments, rice and jewellery, tourism is one of the major industries of Thailand and is heavily relied upon.
Tragic though it may be, the exploitation of women and forced sexual servitude has been around for a very long time. During the Ayutthaya period of Thailand’s history – from 1351 to 1767 – women were passed around amongst men as concubines, mere spoils of war given to men as rewards for their efforts on the battlefield.
Tourism is a big business in Thailand. In 2014, there were 5,383,000 jobs within the tourism industry in Thailand, and 14.1% of employment was funded by this business, according to the Authority on World Travel & Tourism. With this industry providing so many Thai people with jobs, many might overlook the dark ties it has to a number of not so ethical industries, including animal tourism.