Buddhism also affects Thai girls on a personal level. Buddhism prescribes “acceptance and resignation in the face of life’s pain and suffering.” In other words, girls are brought up to accept the life they are given. As a result, many young girls that enter prostitution remain there in accordance with their religion. They face constant abuse and harassment. Read more…
I am a church planter, but I will be faced constantly with situations like this one in Thailand. I pray that a ministry like this can be raised up out of a church we will have a part in starting in Thailand.
Prostitution in Thailand leaves thousands of orphans every year. The solution is not to take care of the orphans, that is necessary as a reaction. The solution is the Gospel and strong churches across Thailand.
The sect of Buddhism practiced in Thailand makes prostitution nearly inevitable. Women are viewed as naturally inferior to men. Buddha made clear to his disciples that women were “impure, carnal, and corrupting.” This is also evidenced by the belief that women cannot attain enlightenment, the ultimate goal for a Buddhist. In addition, the type of Buddhism practiced in Thailand outlines ten kinds of wives in its vihaya, or rules for monks. Within these rules, the first three are actually women who can be paid for their services.
In short, these rules allow prostitution and view it as completely acceptable. In present day Thailand, this has manifested itself into an acceptance by wives about prostitution. Sex with prostitutes is viewed by wives as empty sex, and thus many women would rather have their husbands have meaningless sex with a young girl rather than find a new spouse. Thus, religion has set a social precedent for prostitution that makes women inferior and more fitting for prostitution in the eyes of society.
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