Underage Thai girls are a serious danger to Westerners that think that any girl working in a bar must be of legal age to be there and must be also be of legal age to have sexual relations. This is something that you really need to be careful of; for one thing, it can sometimes be very difficult to guess the age of Thai ladies. I know a 30 year old Thai girl that looks like a teenager, and I know a 16 year old that looks to be in her early 20’s. Both are working as bar-girls.
The 16 year old girl has tattoos, piercings and a full figure... there’s no way that you would imagine her to be as young as she is and I’ve seen her in the company of more than a few customers who probably don’t realise the danger that such relationships carry. I’m not talking about out and out paedophiles; I’m talking about men that are probably making genuine mistakes. For example, if an 18 year old Englishman where to have a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl, he might think that this is perfectly OK since the legal age of consent in England is 16. What he might not realise is that the age of consent in Thailand is not 16, it is 18. If he gets charged by the police for his offense, he’s not going to get the soft treatment you get in the West; he’s looking at a hefty fine and 2 to 4 years in prison!
Technically, a charge could be brought even if the age separating them is miniscule (him just over 18 and her just under 18). I’ve even read recently about one young man aged 16 who had sex with a Thai girl one year older than himself and got threatened by her Thai parents that, if money wasn’t produced, they would go to the police! I’m not sure how that one would play out in reality, after all, the 16 year old lad could claim that he was the younger party and that he was the one being taken advantage of!?!?!
Whatever the particular circumstances are, it always pays to make sure that you are on the right side of the law in Thailand. All girls of legal age will carry an ID card stating their age and you should make sure that your girl has one if you think that there is even the slightest chance that she might be underage, and remember that underage Thai girls sometimes look a lot older.
Your hotel receptionist will usually ask any lady accompanying you to produce this card before she will be allowed to go with you to your room. However, this is not a good enough safeguard. Some girls can talk their way around such problems and end up being allowed in by the receptionist and some girls carry fake ID cards. It makes sense to get to know your receptionist and get on their good side. They can be a useful shield against any mistakes when you’ve had a few too many drinks and aren’t using your best judgement. If they are on friendly terms with you, they’ll happily advise you about any potentially underage Thai girls you wander in with... as well as ladyboys if you’re not good at spotting them and don’t want to end up in a compromising situation with one!
On the issue of underage Thai girls, there are occasional traps set by the police to catch offenders out. These tend to focus on the deliberate paedophiles rather than unsuspecting tourists, so they normally focus on men accompanying much younger girls. There has been a news story recently about a Westerner caught with a 13 year old Thai girl in his room. It was a set up and the scene was interrupted before things went too far (the man was undressing at the time the police barged in).
Anyone getting involved with a girl this young is obviously aware that she is not of legal age, and the penalty for doing so is greater, up to 20 years in prison for a sexual act with a girl under 15. I’d imagine that the Westerner in question will not be charged with having sex with an underage girl as he was stopped before things went that far, but I wouldn’t count on it. Full intercourse is not necessary for a charge to be brought; I’m told that almost any sexual act counts as sex, so beware of this if you’re thinking a Bill Clinton style defence will help you out!
Why tell you about this story.... because there’s no reason why the police can’t go after those Westerners making mistakes; they could easily follow a 17 year old girl that looks older and charge anyone that goes off with her.
Underage Thai Girls; related pages
Pattaya Girls; click here to see my section about the girls in Pattaya’s bars, discos, gogos and so on.
Pattaya Bars; for information about the different drinking establishments in and around the city, click here.
Pattaya Nightlife; this page gives information about all the best nightlife hotspots around the city.
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