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Democrats push for sex toy legalisation

BANGKOK: The Democrat Party has pledged to push for legalising sex toys, saying it will bring more benefits beyond sexual pleasure.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 25 April 2023, 09:48AM

The Customs Department examines sex toys and contraband goods in Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post

The Customs Department examines sex toys and contraband goods in Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post

The party made clear its stance towards supporting establishing a sex toy industry in Thailand, with the primary aim of making sex toys safe products for consumers, said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek, in her capacity as an executive of the party.

She said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) would control these products’ quality and safety standards if they become legal, reports the Bangkok Post.

In legalising sex toys, these products will be reclassified as controlled goods and regulated instead of being classified as prohibited under Section 287 of the Criminal Code as they are now, Ms Rachada said.

If sex toys become controlled products, consumers aged 18 and above can buy them freely, she said.

Sex toys are recognised as legal products in many countries such as Japan, Singapore, Germany and the Czech Republic, which can help generate substantial income, she said.

In Thailand, a previous proposal to legalise sex toys stirred debate between supporters and opponents, she said.

While sex toys are currently illegal in Thailand, they are being smuggled into the country due to demand, Ms Rachada said, adding that this means the state is losing a chance to collect taxes while some corrupt state officials demand bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye.

Sex toys are also believed to help reduce sex crime cases and save some married couples from considering divorce over an imbalance in sexual desires between them, she said.

About 4,000 rape cases are recorded each year, while the actual number of rapes is believed to be around 30,000 annually, she said, citing official statistics and results of a study which found 87% of rapes aren’t reported to the authorities.

The global sex toy market has grown 7% annually since 2019, generating more than B300 billion annually, she said, citing a UK study.

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christysweet | 26 April 2023 - 11:38:28

What would really help stop potential violence is  if  Cherng Telay police took last year's stalker seriously, declining to  photograph a clear foot print 1 foot from my door  or  speak with a neighbor who   might know who this person is.  He's back because I  found  2 Leo beer cans in his   position on my bridle path.  Alas,  no gun (or vibrator)  allowed for this female whitie.   

JohnC | 26 April 2023 - 09:46:04

@cristysweet. Do you think anyone is the least bit interested in what you want from a sex toy? This is NOT Cleo or Cosmopolitan magazine you know. What's wrong with your brain that you would say something like that openly to all readers?

JohnC | 26 April 2023 - 09:42:09

Catch up with the 21st century Thailand. There is a massive market online for sex toys and Thailand could easily build factories that manufacture the products and ship them worldwide just like many other countries do already. The profits alone should be enough to interest Thais that are entrepreneurial minded or simply just love making money!

christysweet | 26 April 2023 - 09:34:46

Rapists  are not going to be dissuaded by a rubber vagina. Their pathology involves inflicting fear  and dominance. 

PlasticJim | 25 April 2023 - 13:29:30

Vote poaching at its finest, legal drugs, prostitutes, casinos, money/ salarakas sextoys.... what next? There will be many unhappy voters after these elections and hope all these peoples who invested for ganja business are ready to loose they money smile on they faces.

Kurt | 25 April 2023 - 12:52:02

How deep can a political party sink with this sex toy promotional tour? They are available everywhere in Thailand despite the idiotism that it is official not allowed. Wake up, become normal in thinking.

Fascinated | 25 April 2023 - 11:03:39

Looking at some people's twitter accounts (allegdly!) they are available anyway. Openly on sale in Pattaya and Bangkok so they are already available freely. Seems a bit archaic and prudish to prevent people from enjoying themselves. 

christysweet | 25 April 2023 - 10:35:48

Carrots would suffice but it's  the vibrating  I'm after  and it certainly does not need to be phallus shaped- my clitoris is NOT in my vagina, nor is any other woman's. 


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