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AEC risks sparking influx of sex workers

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Thailand will have to brace itself for an increase in the number of sex workers when the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is launched in three years' time. 

Thailand needs to reform its laws and policies to protect sex workers' rights and prevent the exploitation of women through punitive law enforcement, Chantawipa Apisuk, director of the Empower Foundation, said yesterday at the "Sex Work and the Law in the Asia-Pacific" seminar held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok.

"Thailand will be a target for sex tourism in the region after the opening of the AEC [in 2015]," Ms Chantawipa said.

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