Mobile phones? Computer components? The last wouldn't be too far off, but not in the sense that the word toys is conventionally understood. Call them playthings. Anecdotal evidence is the best one can do for a field such as this, but a bet could be placed on the sex industry. Yes, prostitution.
Prostitution in Asia
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The report suggests that in spite of Asia's economic crisis, the economic and social forces driving the sex industry show no signs of slowing down, particularly in light of rising unemployment in the region. According to Ms. Lin Lim, the ILO official who directed the study, "If the evidence from the recession of the mids is any indication, then it is very likely that women who lose their jobs in manufacturing and other service sectors and whose families rely on their remittances may be driven to enter the sex sector. Yet, there is no clear legal stance nor effective public policies or programmes to deal with prostitution in any of the countries. Governments are constrained not only because of the sensitivity and complexity of the issues involved but also because the circumstances of the sex workers can range widely from freely chosen and remunerative employment to debt bondage and virtual slavery. The countries have, however, taken action to eliminate child prostitution, an activity the ILO report caracterizes as "a serious human rights violation and an intolerable form of child labour.
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While most countries of Southeast Asia resist the classification of prostitution as an industry, or sex work as an acceptable occupation in national statistics, there is no doubt that millions of women in the region earn a livelihood from selling sexual services. To do this virtually all of these women are forced to leave their birthplaces and residences and migrate to places where they will have some anonymity. Often this migration is involuntary, and sometimes it involves cruel exploitation. This paper pulls together the limited data available to gain insights into the shadowy world of Asian prostitution. It concludes that while governments frequently crack down on women selling sex, they ignore the roles of male customers, and often protect the criminal elements who use kidnapping and violence to exploit the women.