Sure most of the foreigners meet us ladyboys only in the tourist areas and unfortunately a majority of ladyboys either works as waiters or….as hookers.
But those how are prostitutes are just a very small percentage of all Katoey.
I can not understand why so many people think just because I am a ladyboy I must be a prostitute.
And this perception is not limited only to foreigners. Also Thai people think that way sometimes. For example:
I had to work late during the last weeks so if I wanted to go out I could not leave my room before 10 or 11 p.m. People on the street saw me a couple of times going out late and I could her them talk about me: “She`s a hooker, right.”
This made me feel very sad, as of course I never ever worked in that business. Instead I am a very hard working girl working in a common job like millions of other Thai people.
Also, when I go to a tourist place and just sit down with my friends, I will sometimes be asked by a foreigner how I earn my money. But in a different why than one would usually ask someone for his vocation. I can hear these sounds in between very well.
I don`t have any figures on how many Katoey work in the sex business. I guess there is a higher percentage of Katoey working as prostitutes than Women. This then is because we are excluded from many jobs that men or women could do.
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