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Women are often lured into prostitution with the promise of legitimate jobs, substantially higher pay, and because their low educational levels makes it difficult for them to find jobs elsewhere.
In many instances, such women come from remote regions.
In Yangon, prostitution often occurs in hotels that also operate as brothels.
The recent appearance of massage parlours began in 1995, with ethnic minority groups such as the Wa running such businesses in particular.
A red light district has also emerged in Naypyidaw, Burma's new national capital, with brothels primarily disguised as beauty parlors and massage salons that attract mainly businessmen and military personnel.
Under the Suppression of Prostitution Act, enacted in 1949, the act of soliciting or seducing in public is illegal, as is forcing or enticing women into prostitution or owning brothels.
[Source: Andrew Selth, a Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, The Interpeter, October 22, 2009] The Daily Mail reported: “Burma's iron-fisted - yet superstitious - military junta believe touching lady's underwear will "rob them of power", organisers say.
And Lanna Action for Burma hope their "Panties for Peace" campaign will help oust the oppressive rulers who ruthlessly crushed recent democracy protests.
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Activist Liz Hilton added: "It's an extremely strong message in Burmese and in all Southeast Asian culture.
Virginity has traditionally been greatly prized in modest Burma-Myanmar. If you have some laundry done at a guesthouse, some people make take offense to washing your under garments.
A 1997 English language tourist brochure referred to Burma as "The Land of Virgins and the Restful Nights" and said its "trademark" virgins are famous for their "clear skin." But things are changing "Traditionally there was a big value on virginity," one magazine editor told the Los Angeles Times. Parents can't control their kids so strictly anymore." Condoms were banned until 1993. If you wash them yourself do so in a bucket, don’t do it in the sink.
Prostitution is a major social issue that particularly affects women and children.