"I want to save 10,000 baht and go home," she says.
Since factory wages for illegal Burmese migrants average roughly 2,000 baht per month, saving such a sum on her sewing wages would have taken months.
In order to pay off debts and support themselves, many have little choice but to take up prostitution.
The life of a migrant worker in China is precarious, and for those in the sex industry, the risks are all the greater.
Although Burmese citizens can get three-month residency permits to live in Chinese towns along the border, prostitution is illegal in China, and sex workers live in constant fear of arrest.
The price of freedom, if they are caught, is typically 500 yuan (US )—a lot of money for a prostitute charging 14 to 28 yuan (-4) a trick, or 150 yuan () for a night with a customer, especially when you consider that at least half of this amount goes to the brothel’s owner..."RANGOON, Feb 25, 2010 (IPS) - When Aye Aye (not her real name) leaves her youngest son at home each night, she tells him that she has to work selling snacks.
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Linn Linn, a 31-year-old widow with two children to support, has worked at several karaoke clubs, one of which, she says, was owned by a senior police officer and five businessmen.
Club owners often invite government officials along for some “relaxation,” she claims.
A few wear long shiny red raincoats and sunglasses, others have fedoras tilted to hide their eyes, and some walk with children by their side.
Despite the urbane camouflage it’s easy to see the women are all tall, thin and gorgeous.