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I was alone and desperate,
the Sex-Tourist havens beckoned me with open arms.




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My culture holds all women to be not only inferior
— but expendable. 

  

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My mother knows only two things;
Old men want to sleep with me, and she wants money.


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I tried to commit suicide twice because I wanted to see my father
in heaven, so he could stop searching for me.


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          Only 13 is my life story. At 13, I ran away from an impoverished, rural Thai village, only to become involved in the sex-tourist industry—meeting American and European men. Child prostitution was the only way that I could find to send money to my impoverished family. My entrance into this world was selling my virginity, for which I earned $1,200. I did this to make up for my father’s death—for which I was blamed, which occurred while he was searching for me. I also needed to pay for my sisters’ schooling so that they would never have to see sex-tourists as I did.

           I spent five years in the sex-tourist industry in Thailand before marrying to go to Switzerland. That trip lasted only 12 days. Upon returning to Thailand, I met up with a former customer who took me to Germany where I worked in a massage parlor, while at the age of 19, I looked only 15 years old, and received a premium from my customers.

          A bad relationship in Germany led me to Sweden where I worked as a stripper for two years before returning to Thailand and writing my story. I am now living in England. This book is written in my voice and will give you a new angle on what it is like to be born a poor girl in rural Thailand. You will think my thoughts, see my views, feel my pain, and share my victory of leaving the industry. You will learn what it is like to be me. I am now working to raise awareness about girls born into my situation, and to get them out of the industry.
         

Praise for Lon’s life story

A highly recommended-read.
It is informative, damning and at times touching.
At the end you really feel like you know Lon.
www.Stickmanbangkok.com

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…is actually an engrossing story of a girl who ran away
from her home in Isaan at age 13 to come to work in Bangkok.
I sincerely hope that this story will help focus more attention
on the plight of disadvantaged Thai women.
Kurt Heck, GoodwillBangkok


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She speaks with the powerful and determined voice
of an activist making clear the injustice
that she and many other girls have suffered.
David Reid, geocities.com

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…the first book, to my knowledge, that tells about how
local (Thai) prostitutes view their profession in general,
the sex tourists in particular.
Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

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This book is well worth a read, even by Old Thai Hands.
www.bangkokatoz.com Mehkong Kurt

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…this is the best book on THAILAND I have ever read.
…finest of its genre … probably that will ever be written…
I found the social commentary balanced, accurate, and
particularly telling from the personal point-of-view of Lon.
A fine book.
www.thaivisa.com

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Had me in tears on my flight back from BKK.
www.phuket-info.com

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"Woman and child abuse is a rooted problem in Thai society.
The inferior will always be the victim of the superior.
It is the duty of all of us to 'keep our eyes open' and to help prevent
any kind of discrimination, physical assault, any kind of abuse to
the inferior namely 'children and women' whom we consider
vulnerable in Thai society."

Pavena Hongsakul
Pavena Foundation


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Dedication

This book is dedicated to my two sisters,
Ying and Sai,
who never had to see sex-tourists as I did,
and to my father,
the only one who truly loved me.

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About the authors:

Julia Manzanares has served as an English-As-A-Foreign Language/ Intercultural Communication Instructor and Teacher-Trainer since 1988 teaching abroad in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. She earned an M.A. in Psychology/Drama Therapy from California State University, Los Angeles and holds Certificates in TESOL and Neuro-Linguistics.

Derek Kent earned his B.A. from U.C.L.A. an MBA from California Coast University, and has been an English-As-A-Foreign Language Instructor in the Middle East and Thailand for 15 years. He is now operating a multi-lingual publishing company and assisting a support center for disadvantaged young girls in Thailand.

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