Phuketwan's sources in the border port of Ranong agree that it would be an exaggeration to say that Burmese teenagers are being trafficked to work on Phuket.
What's acknowledged is that there are Burmese women working in the sex trade on Phuket.
They are not found in the popular tourist sex centres of Patong and Karon, but in Koh Sireh, Cherng Talay and Tachatchai.
Burmese women sometimes make their way south from Ranong to Phuket in pairs or small groups, Phuketwan's source says.
If there is a brothel on Phuket containing 200 Burmese workers, as claimed in an article that recently appeared on irrawaddy.org, then officials in Phuket Public Health department say they are unaware of the brothel.
Health officials and sources agree that Phuket's large army of legal and illegal Burmese construction workers, plus others who crew fishing trawlers out of Phuket ports, mean that Burmese prostitutes can be found on Phuket.
''They usually work in local karaokes,'' our source said. ''Burmese can sometimes be found sitting at the rear of these establishments, especially close to Phuket's ports.''
Some estimates have put the population of Burmese on Phuket as high as 200,000.
There's a low tolerance of under-age workers being employed in Phuket's sex industry, although a Phuketwan journalist was once offered a teenager for sex while strolling through the Phuket City area of Poonpol early one afternoon.
It's said that sex can be bought for as little as 300 baht in the more notorious parts of Phuket. Soi Bangla and other tourist sex centres on Phuket are better-lit and more tightly controlled than places where cheap sex is available on Phuket.
In Ranong, where the proportion of Burmese is even higher than on Phuket and signs are mostly in three languages - Thai, Burmese and English - the red-light district is especially seedy.
A version of an interview with two young Burmese women that appeared in Phuketwan was presented to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year as part of an appeal by human rights groups for better treatment of Burmese immigrants in Thailand.
The women told Phuketwan that local police and Immigration officers in Ranong extorted money or sex from their victims, detaining them for lengthy periods or selling them to labor brokers if payments cannot be made.
One of the women, aged 17, said that she had been obliged to work at the age of 13 as a prostitute in a Ranong karaoke bar, selling sex at 350 baht a time, with 125 baht going to her ''owner'' and 100 baht going to a corrupt Immigration officer.
In a horrific incident in 2008, a total of 54 Burmese suffocated when the air-conditioning unit failed on a container truck carrying more than 100 illegals to Phuket.