Too Much Woman for Kittichai to Handle

Poor ‘Kittichai’ – not, presumably, his real name. There he was, minding his own business surfing the internet and found himself pursued by a woman offering him sex. The woman, Kemjira Tanpaiboon (27, it is conventional to add), described herself as pale-skinned, large breasted and in need of help and what red-blooded Thai chap could resist such a combination? The desire for white skin is prevalent throughout Thai society, as witnessed by the large number of adverts for cosmetic products offering to bleach the skin in one way or another.
Anyway, Khun Kittichai agreed to meet Ms Kemjira, who apparently lives on Ramkhamhaeng Road. Alas for him, when he arrived, he was disappointed to find the latter weighed approximately 100 kg and his ardour waned. Ms Kemjira, however, was not one to take no for an answer and demanded sex and money – a scuffle apparently broke out as Khun Kittichai tried to leave, during which she grabbed hold of his mobile phone. Subsequently, she used the phone to call him and threaten to tell his wife unless he paid her for the phone’s return. This he agreed to do but then took police with him. They arrested the woman for prostitution and extortion – she has an eleven month suspended jail sentence and a fine of 8,000 baht – these punishments were reduced because she confessed.
It is not clear which of the two crimes attracted the jail time. As just about everybody knows, there is a substantial sex industry in Thailand and the usual double standards about who uses it, who pay and who gets punished. A cash-based industry generally offers many opportunities for corruption as police can, if they wish, collect fees from sex workers and their establishments for not arresting or closing them down. Many rich and some not so rich men still expect to have one or more ‘mia noi’ – so-called little wives, in addition to number one wife. Thak Chaloemtiarana’s book on the despot Field Marshall Sarit shows him to have had a ‘nakleng’ (tough guy) image, for example, and there is a photo of the top five of 1961’s Miss Thailand competition, with each of whom the Field Marshall was said to be having a relationship.