Subject: News: France bids adieu to 40 vice girls
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Apr 09 1999 - 14:36:57 EDT
France bids adieu to 40 vice girls
Bangkok Post, April 7, 1999
French authorities arrested 40 Thai women on prostitution charges and
deported them last year, the secretary to the foreign minister said yesterday.
Some of the women entered the flesh trade voluntarily while others were
lured into the business, said Ong-art Klampaiboon, citing a report from the
Mr Ong-art, a Democrat MP, said the 40, who had been working in and around
Paris, had served prison sentences before being sent back to Thailand.
Four Thais arrested on charges relating to prostitution were being
prosecuted in the French courts, said Mr Ong-art, and could expect prison
sentences if convicted.
According to Mr Ong-art, Thai women working in the flesh trade in France
face a hard life at the hands of their their employers, mostly French-born
Chinese, Cambodian or Lao immigrants.
They had to service between 250 and 500 customers, mainly Asian men, before
they could earn any money for themselves, Mr Ong-art said.
However, he said, most were arrested by French authorities before they had
cleared their debts with their brothel-keepers, who mostly operate in the
Chinatown area of the French capital.
The Bangkok MP warned women seeking regular employment overseas to consult
their local labour offices to ensure they do not end up victims of the
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