Thai organisation works to “empower” sex workers
One of Thailand’s most controversial and intriguing organizations celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Empower, which stands for “Education Means Protection of Women Engaged in Recreation”, is a non-profit organization with centres in Bangkok’s Patpong red light district, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai and Patong Beach in Phuket.
It provides women involved in Thailand’s illegal sex trade with free English classes and advice on health, law, education and counselling. It also lobbies the government to extend employment rights and benefits to sex workers and to legalize prostitution.
Founding director Khun Chantawipa ‘Noi’ Apisuk talks to CNNGo about the need to recognize sex workers as contributors to the economy.