Every now and again, to keep myself up with the global economy, seeing as how my work in the global economy waxes and wanes. I thought that I would look at the “land of smiles,” Thailand. I Googled Thailand and I found there was a lot of slavery there. I was shocked, shocked to learn that this land that is so blessed and praised by WB writers as having more freedom and far less corruption than the godawful America actually is plagued with slavery and corruption.
According to theguardian there is a plague of bad events that Thailand is suffering from. Reported in theguardian: “Slavery, trafficking, murder and corruption at all levels of government still pervade Thailand’s billion-dollar fishing industry, activists claim, despite recent arrests linked to human rights abuses and the threat of an EU-wide boycott.” Nice to have industries based on corruption and slavery, that’s where I want to live.
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Environmental Justice Foundation found that: “Our investigations at sea and across the Thai seafood sector continue to find extensive violence, corruption and abuse,” according to director Steve Trent, who is working with the Thai government. Explaining further, Trent said: “Slaves are still on the boats; nationals of neighbouring states are still trafficked in to provide cheap or free labour, and Thai fishing vessels continue to fish illegally and unsustainably, thereby reinforcing the economic incentives to use bonded, forced and slave labour to keep the costs down.” Here I was set to move there, to escape the intolerable grip of corruption that pervades the U.S., and I’m reading this disturbing information from theguardian dated February of 2016.
By the way, Thailand is ruled by a military junta that came to power in 2014. The thought of a military power rather than, you know, a representative democratic republic sounds a lot better. I mean, after all, what could go wrong? Thailand has had 17 constitutions since 1932, illustrating the flexibility if the Thai government. But it gets better.
The Australian news service news.com.au reports that “There are between 20,000 and 40,000 children scattered over Thailand being used for sex, some young women have even been forced into the industry by their own mothers.” Further reporting states that: “Thailand is one of the sex capitals of the world and the industry contributes more than four billion dollars to the economy.” It’s nice to know that the Thai government has a “live and let live” philosophy, that freedom there means exploiting children.
The U.S. Department of State paints a rather bleak picture of Thailand, but that is probably propaganda because life there is so good if we, in America, really knew how good it was we would all go there and leave the U.S. and its corrupt government. At any rate, the Department of State is on the record describing Thailand as: “Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Thai victims of trafficking and some of the estimated three to four million migrant workers in Thailand are forced, coerced, or defrauded into labor or sex trafficking.” All of this sounds really good and obviously lots better than the U.S. where the laws only protect the rich and the poor are relentlessly exploited.
Further advice is don’t do drugs there. Apparently, the penalty for some drugs is life in prison. There apparently are a lot of drugs in Thailand, but the punishments are rather harsh. In all, we’re talking paradise here. Warm climate, apparently a lot of sex, (listed as one of the sex capitals of the world) some drugs, corruption in both industry and government. All of this, of course, putting the U.S. in deep shade, because of all the corruption in the U.S.
The answer to this is that all of what I read is nothing but jealous people wanting to have a country like Thailand. It’s all propaganda. It’s all a conspiracy, even though I have met people who spoke with people from Thailand and said if you are a young woman you need to be very careful, because of the slave traders. The news is all fake, don’t believe it, they’re just jealous. Sometimes I think WB people are being paid by some of these corrupt governments to say nice things about their countries, like they are PR people. But yeah, I’d go with the conspiracy theories if I were them. Sounds better.