Where are the sex tourists?

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Dear Hillary,

I married my Thai fiancée after a year of engagement.  She is a professional lady and we have always done everything in a proper fashion.  My wife is 15 years younger than me and this gives us a problem.  When we go out, many foreigners assume that my wife must be, or have been, a bar girl even though she in no way acts like one.  She has no tattoos or wears sexy dresses or even smokes.  I realize that as high as 85 percent of all Thai-foreigner marriages are between bar girls and “sex tourists”, but this is not so for other 15 percent of Thai-foreigner marriages.  Please tell your readers that not all Thai-foreigner marriages are between bar girls and “sex tourists”, and stop making false assumptions.

James

 

Dear James,

Now you’ve got all that off your chest, do you feel a little better, Petal?  However, I think you have made a few false assumptions yourself too.  Where did you get that figure of 85 percent of Thai-foreigner marriages are between bar girls and what you call “sex tourists”?  Let me assure you that “sex tourists” do not come to Thailand to get married.  That is why they are sex tourists – they want the fun in bed without the filling out forms fun at the local Ampur office.  Honestly, James, 85 percent of Thai foreigner marriages are between people such as yourself and your wife.  The foreigners who “look down” on you are the foreigners who are not in the marriage market, just the bar meat market.  Ignore them, my Petal.