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Draft bill sets in motion protection, legalisation of sex work

Clay figurines depicting aab ob nuad (bath house). (File photo)

A bill to protect sex workers is being drafted to legalise sex work in a bid to prevent them from exploitation.

Narong Jaihan, a lecturer from the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University, on Friday said the bill, drafted by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), will legalise sex work and limit the minimum age to provide or buy the service.

Sex workers under 20 will not be guilty, but legal action will instead be taken against business operators that employ them underage, as well as their parents, Mr Narong said.

The draft bill stipulates that the payment of such services must be at an appropriate rate — which does not use minimum wage rate…

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