How to behave as a photographer in a disturbing place?
When I went in Thailand many people told me before I go that prostitution was a very severe disease / disaster in that country. We all were told by the press or TV that many tourists go there only to find prostitute and even more sadly, children prostitutes… The people seeking that kind of sex aren’t anymore humans. They really are only rubbish…
But, anyway, I was in Bangkok and with some friends we went in the Red light district of Bangkok, the famous Patpong district where you almost exclusively see tourist males and / with young asian girls (or ladyboys).
Patpong is a street, may be 100m long in the heart of Bangkok with many bars and go go bars all along. Visually it looks nice because you see a lot of colored lights everywhere, but overall looks really really glaucous and unwholesome.
On one side you’ve the girls who do their best to catch tourists to come in the bar, and on another side you’ve all these drunk males seeking some “entertainment”. And when you step into a bar you face the reality.
Very glaucous bars
These places really look like an animal fair with girls “dancing” on a superelevated scene and holding a sign with their number.
Then, all around, you have the men, everyone of them seated alone at a table, staring at the scene and shouting the number they want to come at their table to “talk” with their prey.
I can hardly describe how bad I felt in that place… It was crowded, many men standing, but it was so silent except the music playing some “romantic” songs… There were no kind or warm atmosphere like other “usual” bars.
It is only about sexual predators and their preys… so stinking.
After less than 5mn we’ve decided to leave that place. There’s nothing good in such a place, it’s all about sex, money and alcohol, the worst combination in the world…
Doubts about their age
I wonder why so many people dream to visit such a place. Yes it’s a kind of “entertainment” with a lot of beautiful red lights and women, but… beside… it’s human exploitation and most of girls there seem so young.
I bet a majority of them is under 16...