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How the Prostitution Scene in Phuket Works?


“The sex business has its own set of terminology with phrases such as 'beer bar', 'go-go bar', 'mamasan', 'papasan' 'lady drink', 'bar fine', 'short time', 'long time', 'GFE', 'freelancer', 'butterfly' and many more. A “freelancer” is a woman that does not work from a specific bar. These prostitutes will pick up customers at nightclubs or off the street hence saving the customer paying a bar fine. Freelancers are often attractive hookers who are confident they can pick up men without the advantage of a work base. They may therefore charge more than bar girls. They are also considered less trustworthy as they are harder to track down in cases of theft from the customer. A “butterfly” is someone, male or female, who flits around from one partner to the next. [source: Know Phuket website Know Phuket]


 “Beer Bars” are simple open sided bars often grouped in complexes. Most of these complexes are in the sois (side streets) off Bangla Road in Patong. There are stools around the bar and there are usually a couple of poles on the bar for the prostitutes to dance round. The customers stroll around the complex until they choose a bar or are dragged to a bar by the girls working there. The girls will then try to sell themselves to the customer by talking to him or entertaining him with bar games. Typical games are connect-four, jenga, dice games and hammering nails into a block of wood race.


 “Go-Go Bars” are indoor bars where the whores dance on stages or on the bar. The escorts usually wear bikinis - they are no longer allowed to dance topless although it may still happen if the bar thinks the authorities are not taking notice. The prostitutes have numbers and customers can request a whore they like by number. A “Mamasan” is a lady who manages the girls working in a bar. Only the big bars and go-gos will have a mamasan. She will be an older lady who demands respect from the younger women. She will be responsible for recruiting new girls, making sure the girls work well and liaising with customers.


 “Lady drink” refers to a drink that a customer buys for a escort. These will usually cost 30-90 Thai baht above the normal bar price. The bar pays the extra to the prostitute as reward for selling the drink. Effectively, you are not only buying the girl a drink but also giving her a tip. “Bar fine” is the fee charged by a bar for taking a girl from that establishment. The beer bars charge between 300 to 500 Thai baht. This money is for the bar - seen as an introduction fee and recompense for the bar losing a worker for the night. The bar may pay a percentage of the bar fine to the whore but the customer still needs to pay the hooker for her company. The go-gos charge higher bar fines. Some go-gos will ask for 3000 baht or more but this usually also includes the payment to the whore so the customer does not need to pay her directly.


 For a “Short Time” a customer takes a escort to a nearby room for, like ther term says, a short period of time. The beer bar complexes and go-go bars often have short time rooms at the back of the premises. The customer will pay a bar fine, a charge for the room and an agreed price to the girl for her services (500 to 1,000-Thai baht). When they are finished, the prostitute will return to work while the customer moves on to his next port of call. For a “Long Time” the customer takes a hooker for the night (a 'long time') usually back to his hotel room. The payment to the whore is normally 1,000 to 2,000-Thai baht. Some of the more up-market hotels do not allow overnight guests while others will charge a guest fee.


 “GFE” (Girl Friend Experience) is where the man takes the prostitute for the full length of his holiday and treats her like his girlfriend. The escort will act as a companion and guide. They will go to restaurants together, take day trips together and generally act like boyfriend and girlfriend. Of course, the whore is still working and the man pays for everything and pays the girl for her time. The bar where the escortworks will probably expect to receive a bar fine for every day the girl stays with the man. Many a romance has blossomed from the GFE and sometimes it develops into the WE (wife experience). This may be followed by the divorce experience and the going home with no money experience.

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More information about GFE in Thailand


“One of the oddest concepts of the whole tourism sex trade must be the GFE -- Girl Friend Experience. It is quite fascinating to spend an evening down Bangla Road and notice just how many guys have picked up a holiday girlfriend. We are not talking about picking up a girl for a quick squeeze for the night, we are talking about a prostitute who will be their companion for the length of their holiday. The GFE is a strange concept but it is actually a significant section of the tourist sex trade. There are many men who come to Thailand knowing exactly what they are looking for, but they do not want the hassle of looking for it every night. It is much easier to make the effort once and then settle on the same girl.


"How does it work? Basically, a tourist comes to Thailand for his holiday and on one of his first nights, he goes around the girly bars, picks up a girl and then keeps her for the rest of his holiday. She becomes in effect, his temporary girlfriend. She will not only be his sex partner. She will also be his companion. They will stay together, eat lunch together, go on day trips together and generally act like any other couple on holiday. It is an odd idea but when you think about it, you can see the appeal for a single dude on holiday. He not only gets a sex partner, he also gets a companion and tour guide. He has someone to share his holiday. He has the chance to get to know his sex partner, to even form some kind of emotional bond. He avoids many of the hassles of being a single guy in Thailand such as not being able to enter a certain type of bar without being jumped on by all the working girls.


 “It is often the first timers who do the GFE. They do not know the ropes so they let the girls lead, and many of the girls like the GFE. They get a regular customer, a comfortable hotel bed and plenty of good food. They also get plenty of time to work on the guy. He is a potential long-term money source, perhaps even a potential husband. She will tell him her life story. It will be a heartrending tale of poverty and misfortune. By the end of his holiday, the girl will have him wrapped around her little finger. However, it is not only the newbies who do the GFE. Many of the regular visitors also swear by the GFE. They like the convenience. It is a lot of hassle to deal with a different whore every night. They have to negotiate a cost and then get her safely out of the door when they have finished. It is much more convenient to settle on a girl they like and keep her for the length of their holiday.


 “One of the big objections the cynical old-timers have about the GFE is that it can be very expensive. You are not only paying a barfine and a payment to the whore. You are also paying for the hookers food and they tend to be very good at ordering food, often way beyond what they can actually eat. Then you start paying for them to come along on daytrips or to go and see a show. It will not be long before she feels comfortable enough with the man to want a few presents. The GFE can quickly become an expensive experience. The bar where the woman works will almost certainly want a barfine for every night that the woman stays with the man. By the end of the holiday, this will add up to several thousand baht. The bar may even expect the woman to bring the customer in for a few beers every evening.


GFE Rip-offs and Shock When the Final Bill Comes


"At the end of all this, the woman still expects to be paid for her time. It is amazing how often guys are surprised when they find out their temporary girlfriend actually expects to be paid. They point out that they have already spent a small fortune putting her up in good hotels, buying her expensive food and taking her on trips. The thing is the women do enjoy their little slice of the high-life but they are not that bothered about it. What they are actually working for is money.


 “This is one of the great misconceptions that many men have about the GFE. They think they are giving the woman something special by showing her good hotels, food and taking her on tourist trips. The girls really do not think it is that special. If they have been working for long, they have probably done it all before anyway. They come from poor backgrounds and they are accustomed to sleeping on mats and eating noodles. They are happy eating noodles. What they want is money.


 “This is the other big objection the cynics have about the GFE, it is so often followed by some sort of scam. It is usually the biggest scam of all, the 'falling in love' scam. Even trying not to be cynical, it is hard not to be cynical about womens who stay with a man for two-weeks because he is paying them and then say they are in love. And of course, she will remain in love as long as there is some form of payment on the horizon. These payments can come in many forms. She will need paying so she does not have to work in a bar. Sometimes the woman says she needs to be 'bought out of the bar'. That is a good one. She cannot just leave the bar, no, she has to pay to leave. Then she has to have more money because she is no longer making money from the bar.


 “It is amazing that western guys have been coming in large numbers for several decades now and year after year, there always seem to be new ones who will fall for this absurd scam. The old-timers try to talk sense into them but there is usually no reaching them. The charms of a pair of big brown eyes and a cute body are always more convincing than some guy in a bar saying he has seen it all before. Perhaps the most amazing thing of all, many guys actually find a great woman from the GFE. Despite the absurdity of it all, through all the scams and horror stories, despite the cynical old-timers, sometimes love does actually shine through. There are many, many guys settled down in Phuket, happily married to their temporary girlfriend.

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Where are the prostitution hot spots in Phuket?

Phuket hookers are mostly found in Patong Beach, with a whole street - Bang La (Bangla) - given over to bars full of prostitutes and many visitors are interested in taking these whores home the night You can also find a smaller selection in each of the other beach areas, including Karon, Kata, and even Rawai.

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