Ethnic Groups And Its Effects On Thai Soil

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Many ethnic groups in the region are relatively new to Thailand, many within the Kingdom of Lanna which was integrated in the late nineteenth century. The mountainous region that northern Thailand is famous for comes out of this land. Other ethnic groups have crossed into Thailand from Burma, Tibet, China, and other countries to escape economic and political unrest. However, almost none of these groups are granted Thai citizenship, despite the fact that many people within them were born on Thai soil. This lack of citizenship means the people of these various ethnic tribes are not technically allowed to own land, vote, or receive state-funded healthcare and other resources the government might provide. Families in this physically and…show more content…
When a crop has failed, or a main provider for the family has passed away, this offer becomes far less dubious. Not to mention the fact that many of these families may not be able to afford to take care of another anyway. They will send off their daughters in hope of a better future for both parties, or at least pretend that is the case. In many cases, this is the last time they see their children except for an occasional yearly visit allowed by the owners of their brothel. This visit is usually consisted of lies and reassurance from the daughter, knowing full well she may be punished if she attempts to escape or seek refuge back home. She will not be able to send money back, as the ‘loan’ she bears often involves high interest rates that she has no means of paying. In the end, she has become a slave to the system (Bales). However, in other cases, girls may leave for the city on their own. While it is not a desirable position to be a prostitute, the girls involved are usually able to send back a decent amount of the money they earn and provide comfort to their families. Afterwards, younger siblings or female children in the family will also be encouraged to do the same. Nevertheless, while granted more freedom, there still is the lack of education and protection that causes a significant risk to the health of both of these girls that end up in the system (ADRA International). The contraceptive prevalence rate for Thailand in 2012
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