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In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta attempt to tame the kingdom's "Sin City".There are no signs the hordes of foreign sex tourists are abating.Today it spins money off its no-holds-barred reputation and its most successful sex workers earn anywhere between 70-150,000 baht ($2-4,400) a month, as much as 10 times the national average wage.Police Lt. Col. Sulasak Kalokwilas is one of those tasked with what many might deem the ultimate Sisyphean task: weaning Pattaya off sex.A small "bar fine," usually around 500 baht, secures private "short time" away from the bar where any deal struck for sex is purely between the punter and prostitute.There are no exact numbers, but a 2014 UNAIDS report suggested some 140,000 females are employed by sex work across Thailand.Last year some 12 million tourists – 70 percent foreigners – visited a city which now boasts over 100,000 rooms across 2,000 hotels, from cheap backpackers to swanky golf courses and family apartments.
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