Needless to say that his findings still apply, or only even more so, now that you’re reading this page.QBert – that’s the pseudonym of the author – rightly points out that “Thailand is undergoing rapid demographic and economic transitions which threaten to lift a significant portion of its population out of destitution and at the same time radically decrease the number of available 18-29 year old females.
When Thailand was a poor country with a US$1,000 per capita income, giving up [for example] a secretary’s wage was no great sacrifice, hence it didn’t cost much to persuade a girl to spend her time with handsome men in Bangkok’s nightlife.” Since Thailand has become a middle income country, and even factory girls and cashiers at 7-Eleven stores can fetch a decent salary, these “handsome men” (sic) will now obviously have to pay more for the company of their desired lady.
It’s a matter of fact that young Thai women enter the bar girl industry purely for economic reasons.
“Her opportunity cost is higher, hence she will demand higher short-time fees …” Qbert explains: “One of the reasons why bargirls in Thailand have traditionally been affordable is because the opportunity cost of spending time with horny men was low …
Economists call the mainstream economy wages that a Thai bargirl gives up by working at a bar her opportunity cost.
Finally, why are more and more bar owners moaning about how hard it has become in recent years to find suitable young women to work in a bar?
How can it be that legions of pretty young Thai girls prefer to waste their talent in a factory on the outskirts of Bangkok rather than flock to Pattaya and “sell pussy” to wealthy Westerners?It certainly hasn’t helped either that Thailand simply isn’t as cheap anymore as it was only a decade ago.And in the case of Pattaya in particular, with its rapidly changing tourist profile, it’s surely not an incentive for potential bar girls either that more and more positive non-sex tourists (i.e.Qbert correctly points out that since Thailand has become a “middle income country …it costs a lot more to entice an honest lady to wickedness” than it did in the early days of (sex) tourism or even only a decade ago.Continuously decreasing fertility rates, higher wages and growing purchasing power of Thai people, simply mean there are less “needy” young women available for the bar industry these days.