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Another photo posted by Rihanna on her Phuket visit

Rihanna a Perpetrator, Says Christian Leader

Friday, October 18, 2013
PHUKET: Pop star Rihanna became a ''perpetrator'' when she sat through a ping pong sex show on Phuket, a Christian ministry leader has said.

The leader said that while other female celebrities had used their fame to advocate the protection of women caught up in Thailand's sex trade, Rihanna chose to partake in it.

The fresh criticism about Rihanna and her Phuket visit to the sex show comes from Christian Film & Television Commission founder and chairman, Dr Ted Baehr.

Quoted in christiantoday.com, Dr Baehr praised American actresses Eva Mendez and Meg Ryan, who last year travelled to sex trafficking hotspots to expose the horrors of the trade in PBS documentary, 'Half the Sky.'

On the other hand, Rihanna tweeted to her 32 million followers about a female performer's obscene routine as part of the show in a Phuket bar.

Rihanna tweeted her surprise at the variety of animals and objects that were used by the female performer during the routine. She was also pictured on Instagram with a protected animal, a slow loris.

As a result of her tweets and the photograph, arrests of slow loris touts were made. Last weekend police arrested the owner of the bar.

Until Rihanna's tweet, police in the Phuket tourist hub of Patong had denied the existence of sex shows in a tourist walking street that officers patrol night and day.

The existence of sex shows - the arrested man is reported to run two - was denied despite the scores of touts who thrust notices offering lewd attractions into the faces of visiting families out for an evening stroll.

While genuine, Dr Baehr's viewpoint appears to lack a little reality.

He is reported as saying: "Most times these female show performers are held in captivity against their will and are sold into slavery at such young ages they don't live past the age of 20, due to working conditions and highly-addictive drugs used to keep them enslaved.''

However, he did go on to say: ''It's not a victimless crime," he said. "In this case, Rihanna is a perpetrator.

''Our hope is that she will realise the severity of this global issue and get involved in the fight to promote human dignity and freedom.''

No further tweets or photographs on either sex shows or slow lorises have been posted by the young singer as she continues a world tour.

Indeed, some of her own music videos have been rated as questionable and close to sex show material.

Whether Thailand needs to deal with its attempts to pretend there are no sex shows and no slow lorises being abused was raised today in an editorial in 'The Nation.'

The newspaper says of the reaction to Rihanna's tweets and photograph: ''For the local people, as well for expats who have been here long enough, officials were merely covering their own backs.''

''It is unfortunate that this social-legal predicament has to rest on the shoulders of a district chief and the Phuket police.

'Is it so hard to admit that the world's oldest profession and lewd sex shows are thriving in Thailand? Or that we sell counterfeit goods and trade in endangered species?

''If we could be more honest, we can debate these issues in a more meaningful way, and formulate concrete solutions to things such as corruption, extortion by the authorities and labor rights for sex workers.''

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"Most times these female show performers are held in captivity against their will and are sold into slavery at such young ages they don't live past the age of 20, due to working conditions and highly-addictive drugs used to keep them enslaved.''

Not live past the age of 20? Well, he should be invited to Patong to see how "free" these women walk around...

Posted by May on October 18, 2013 12:06

Editor Comment:

Indeed. While his point that people who watch sex shows are perpetrators is worth discussion, he appears to have been seriously misinformed about ''enslavement'' in Thailand's sex industry. Enslavement to the baht is more like it.

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Very few, if any female sex-worker in tourist areas starts their career younger than 20 years of age.

They choose this kind of job to get away from boring work and poverty, not because they are forced into it.

Posted by Sherlock on October 18, 2013 12:36

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@ ED Indeed. While his point that people who watch sex shows are perpetrators is worth discussion, he appears to have been seriously misinformed about ''enslavement'' in Thailand's sex industry. Enslavement to the baht is more like it."

Couldn't said it better myself... such bull....

Posted by Frog on October 18, 2013 12:51

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- May & Ed

Fully agree.

A worthwhile point made but totally destroyed by utter rubbish justifications which only reveals he has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.

Many in the developed world like to believe women in Thailand who are part of the sex industry are forced to do so.

Though this may be true in some isolated cases (mostly involving nationalities other than Thai), if you spend some time talking and getting to know them or just simply observe them, it quickly becomes clear that the vast majority do it voluntarily and quite many actually prefer and choose it over any other profession available.

Dare I even say - enjoy it.

This is virtually incomprehensible to a person from the developed world who has no concept of local conditions and real life in Thailand so they come up with the wildest of explanations, like this sad crusader here just did.

The fact that an average bar girl in a prime location like Patong can earn anything from Bt 25k to Bt 100k or more per month (depending on how many fools she's found to "take care" of her) is the ultimate reason.

Fairytale stories about some stupid farang who gave away millions to a bar girl for whatever reason circulate among the girls and regardless of how rare such instances are, many are blinded by the chance of catching such a jackpot.

They quickly turn into ruthless predators and most would have a hard time believing the things some are capable of doing to extract money from a "john".

Enslavement to the baht indeed. Pure greed, to the extreme.

The line of who is the victim - the girl or the client, can become incredibly difficult to draw.

Posted by ThaiMike on October 18, 2013 13:11

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Why does there always have to be a victim, ThaiMike?

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The Church would do it itself a big favour if it would concentrate on sorting out it's own problems with pedophile priests etc first.
Slavery is in Thailand is a major problem, in a report on the subject made official yesterday http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24560937
then Thailand is on the list with around 470,000 slaves... report is made by walk free.org and is using a definition of modern slavery that includes debt bondage, forced marriage and human trafficking.

Posted by Sailor on October 18, 2013 13:34

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And what about the Christian priests that rape and abuse young boys? I'm glad to be an atheist.

Posted by Charles on October 18, 2013 14:22

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Sectret sex shows? With all the touts trying to pull in people, even asking families with children? What a great joke!

Posted by Dominik on October 18, 2013 15:21

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- Ed

Indeed. Most of the time there is not but since the person making the statement reported here suggested quite horrific circumstances I wanted to recant that.

There is a willing bar lady and a eager customer. Both are of legal age and know the name of the game. No victim.

Unless of course if you consider that prostitution is illegal in Thailand.

If one wishes to look for women forced into the sex trade, one should start looking at the "fish tank" and massage parlor establishments first where the girls do not leave the premises with the customer nor are they free to go searching for them.

Posted by ThaiMike on October 18, 2013 16:05

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good arrest her then

Posted by Anonymous on October 19, 2013 00:36

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This character is a movie critic nothing more nothing less.
I seriously doubt he has ever travelled outside of America let alone to Thailand.
Having said that how about he joins the fight against the exploitation of children by various religous ie Christian, groups.
No, not interested. I did not think so you see having Christian values is to hard for these so called Christians.

Posted by Arthur on October 19, 2013 08:19

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True, but by partaking and then publicizing she did more to shake things up than this guy or any other Thai leader has done recently. Not for the first or last time, their main concern seems to be Thailand's image, which she punctured by shining a light on reality.

Posted by crusader70 on October 19, 2013 09:04

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"lacking reality" , just like christianity and the rest of those made up religions.

Posted by Simon on October 20, 2013 09:03


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