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Globalisation, Technology and Thailand's Sex Tourism Industry

30 June 2020

The research aims to update existing international sex tourism frameworks in the context of globalisation, technology and risky behaviour, drawing on HIV/STI transmission, migration of people, commodification and decriminalisation of sex work and human trafficking etc. – all in a bid to challenge current disease surveillance and implement international health initiatives. With the current pandemic, the focus has adapted to include the impact of COVID-19 on the sex tourism industry.


  • Have travelled to Thailand and engaged in sexual activities (anything from seeing a ping pong show to have a long term relationship)
  • Have had sex in Thailand with a new or existing partner
  • Plan to travel to Thailand for the above reasons in the future
  • Over 18-year olds
  • UK resident
  • English speaking
  • Interview can take place face to face, over the phone, by email, webchat or videoconference

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Ethical approval

NHS (REC, HCRW and HRA) ethical approval (REC reference: 19/NW/0253; IRAS project ID: 256202)
Liverpool John Moores University ethical approval

About the researcher

PhD student and Research Assistant at the Public Health Institute (PHI), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Worked in Sexual Health since 2014 and have interests in tourism, HIV prevention, infectious disease and human rights.

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