#52: The Documentarian


#52: The Documentarian

He learned of Thailand’s brutal sex trade. Then he looked into himself to see what he could do about it.

David Goorevitch is now the Executive Producer of The Frangipani Project. His email is reprinted below with permission:

“One day when my daughter was young, I found myself speaking with a distant neighbour about his trip to Thailand. He had gone there for a sex tour and stayed for a month. He told me that ‘anything goes’, ‘any age you like’.  So I went home and warned my daughter. To my shame, I did not warn anyone else.

 “Skip ahead more than a decade. A friend of my wife’s is over for dinner, explaining how she came to be an advocate for children in the sex trade in Thailand. She had met Kru Nam, the founder of Buddies.org, a woman who had rescued kids from the streets and the bars in Chiang Mai. At one point she said something that grabbed me: She realized, now that she knew of this travesty, that from this day forward her silence would be her consent. That’s when I realized that I had to do something to help.
“I’ve spent my life as a filmmaker and photographer and, along with my wife, daughter and four young people in our lives, we’re going to Thailand to work with the care workers in Kru Nam’s safe house. Their goal is to heal these sexually exploited children through art, therapy and self-expression. I’m honoured to be allowed to share art with these kids, and to be allowed access in order to create a documentary about them, their care workers, and the world from which they were rescued.”


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  1. Hank Vandenburgh says:

    I’ve never been to Thailand. I was a soldier in the Far East in the early sixties, and heard believable stories of visitors to Thailand (then) experiencing idyllic times with young (not inappropriately young) women for whom a one week amateur liaison was a joyful and personally remunerative time. In those days, the sex trade for westerners was evidently built on the relaxed mores of a more sex-positive society. I’ll grant that this business has turned into something hideous as the trade has become commodified and exploitive of girls and boys. But it’s interesting that it’s changed over the last 50 years from one thing to another.

  2. I am rather astonished, that there are no follow-up comments to this article. I wonder why.

  3. ‘anything goes’
    ‘any age you like’


    You are grossly misinformed if you think you can do in Thailand whatever you like.
    Prisons in Thailand are full with such kind of people who ‘misunderstood’ the law.

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