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Dangers For Female Travelers In Thailand And Other Parts Of Asia

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Hi all,

I am a writer for Asian Correspondent and recently wrote a piece I'd like to share on the threat of sexual violence while traveling in Asia. I'm curious what folks on this forum have to say about the subject, and if anyone has additional insights or information on the topic.

Here is a link to the story:

http://asiancorrespondent.com/107011/bali-rape-highlights-ongoing-threat-to-female-travelers-in-asia/

Best,

Casey

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Its very unfortunate and I would suspect that alot more goes on than is officially reported. It is the same the world over and not just SE Asia, any woman travelling alone should be constantly aware of her surroundings and take/ make adequate precautions as to where they choose to visit and whose company they choose to keep.A lot seem to leave common sense in the departure lounge and do little or no research into the places they are travelling to and have no back up plan if things go wrong.

The world is / has changed, its become smaller and with the increased social media etc things are now being more widely publicised so ignorance is no longer an excuse.........in my opinion.

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Today I saw a young attractive Western women hitchhiking on her own on the main road to Bangkok from Pattaya. My first thought was how stupid she is, especially given the vast number of YaBa users in Thailand and the resultant criminality

Does that answer your question?

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We cannot say asking for it because that would be wrong however, stupidly inviting it might apply

young attractive Western women hitchhiking on her own on the main road to Bangkok from Pattaya

young attractive Western women alone and drunk at 3am

etc etc

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another repoteress confusing India-and the hype it mainly revoked in Australia/NZ and UK- and thinking that Asia is Asia and all the same?

This is a confronting other view: actually, for the countries you mention, MEN are far, far more prone to assaults as are ladies-even single young irresponsible ladies.

Open for facts? Call a reputed travel insurance firm and ask them about claims etc. they deal with from those countries-and how they divide up between men/women, young/old fold, etc.

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Some one should do an article on female travellers and the dangers of ingesting DEET.

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Young women heading back to their accommodation alone late on any night of the week in, let's say, Patong or Kuta.

Is there some difference? Is there some assurance they wouldn't be assaulted (or worse) doing the same thing in London, Sydney or New York?

There's a reason many Thai women will never get into a taxi alone or walk dark streets - they're SENSIBLE, just as the Western women no doubt would be in their own home country.

You can't throw all caution to the wind simply because you're on holiday and then somehow blame Asia when the very same could have happened to you 100 metres from your white picket fence back home.

Rape and violence against foreigners in SE Asia are big news items but the same type of incidents in the West are so common that they rarely even get reported in the media anymore.

Should it happen? No.

Does it happen? Yes.

What is the answer? Common Sense ..... not some sort of movement or united stand or whatever's being suggested in the article (Why? Because the rapists won't be listening!).

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There are dangerous parts in all countries and cities. But many Westerners come to Asia and forget about safety. They think the police and attitudes will be the same and the fact is they are not. My wife and her friends at Uni were very careful who the went anywhere with. A lift home on your own after a function could lead to rape - and the police viewpoint would be "why do you go with him, what did you expect" and would pressure to drop charges. Ladies in Asia still keep a sense of security and are more careful (in general, imo). Western girls come over here, dress skimply, get pissed and/or drugged and then get into problems. I'm certainly not excusing the scum that abuse them, but, common sense and a little awareness would avert the problem.

India is very different to Thailand. I've seen massive amounts of "eve teasing", groping and touching up of ladies in crowds and malls, even in front of police and security guards - who do nothing except the occasional grin. I saw an Indian guy lick a Western ladies back in one hotel night club - and the Indians seemed to think it was her fault for wearing a low back dress. An Indian nurse flying to the UK asked if she could sit with me in the departure lounge so the gropers would leave her alone. 2 police in there were uninterested but the gropers didn't want an issue with a foreigner complaining. Incredible lack of respect for women from a nation that claims to be family orientated.

I've never seen this amount of disrespect for women in Thailand. But, generally speaking, in all the Asian countires I've been too, "nice" ladies have to take care. It's nothing like in the West where equallity rules. Going clubbing, out late, and how dressed is interpreted differently in Asia, It's reminiscent of some British attitudes from to 50-70s.

Good luck with your research and writing.

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Its very unfortunate and I would suspect that alot more goes on than is officially reported. It is the same the world over and not just SE Asia, any woman travelling alone should be constantly aware of her surroundings and take/ make adequate precautions as to where they choose to visit and whose company they choose to keep.A lot seem to leave common sense in the departure lounge and do little or no research into the places they are travelling to and have no back up plan if things go wrong.

The world is / has changed, its become smaller and with the increased social media etc things are now being more widely publicised so ignorance is no longer an excuse.........in my opinion.

Great advice for any traveler, women or men.

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There's a very good comment at the end of that article comparing rape cases in western countries to cases in less developed parts of the world...

Sums up the situation fairly well...

It would seem the incidents that occur in Asia get more airtime due largely to the effectiveness - or lack thereof - of the local constabularies as perceived by the western media outlets...

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Quote from the article: "Heather Thompson, a 27-year-old teacher who has lived in Chiang Mai for two years and has visited Bali, said she feels safe in both places but regularly exercises the same caution she would at home in London. She acknowledged the rapes that had occurred in both places, but pointed out that these are the same dangers that exist in major cities."

That pretty much sums it up... people on holiday mood seem to forget that their destination consists of more than the beatiful pictures they have seen in the catalogue...

And of course, what we read in "our" media is only the cases where foreigners get raped / robbed / stabbed / beaten up / killed by locals... the "internal crimes" of a country don't sell in the media...

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Wow. The pathetic response to this article is a perfect example of why most reasonable people steer clear of this sad, sad forum. This is such an obvious, sickening and cowardly display of the kind of textbook victim-blaming that creates rape culture. You are the perpetrators and you should all be ashamed.

How about instead of restricting the human rights of women to travel where they want and wear what they want, we focus on the fact that rape is wrong whatever the context? There's a novel idea.

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Wow. The pathetic response to this article is a perfect example of why most reasonable people steer clear of this sad, sad forum. This is such an obvious, sickening and cowardly display of the kind of textbook victim-blaming that creates rape culture. You are the perpetrators and you should all be ashamed.

How about instead of restricting the human rights of women to travel where they want and wear what they want, we focus on the fact that rape is wrong whatever the context? There's a novel idea.

Of course sexual assault is utterly wrong, do not see any posts that say otherwise. However, sorry to say the "human rights of women" have very little traction in many Asian countries. To travel in Asia on this premise is the utmost stupidity. More than likely it will take many years of cultural education and changes in attitude from local law enforcement & politicians to change matters.

BTW the UK Bangkok Embassy alone reported providing assistance in 29 cases of sexual assaults in 2011/2012 year - not many reported in the media, so be careful and aware.

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