Ping pong show

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Ping pong shows are an activity. The show consists of women using their pelvic muscles to either hold, eject, or blow objects from their vaginal cavity. Such objects include: long string, whistles, pens, cigarettes, candles, darts, spinning tops, razor blades, chopsticks and, of course, ping pong balls. A male member of the audience may be brought onto the dance platform to hold a balloon while a dart is shot at it, or the girl may do a shoot around the table at balloons tied to each customer's chair. Another activity is the shooting of goldfish into a bowl, or stuffing a rather large frog inside to see how long she can keep it in.[1] Women and girls who perform in the ping pong shows have, in some cases, been seriously and irreparably injured.[1]

In Thailand[edit]

In Thailand, shows generally take place in a strip club with scantily clad girls dancing during the breaks between shows. Tourists are brought in by employees working the streets asking passersby if they want to see a show and frequently having pictures of the show in a booklet. Once in, rather than a cover charge, the drinks are 3–4 times the usual amount and a purchase is required. It has also been reported that there may be an arbitrary "exit fee" if not enough was spent. This is in line with the tactics of the usual ping pong show, where customers are borderline coerced for "tips" at least once every minute. Women employed in ping pong shows arrive at 6 P.M. and leave at daybreak. They stamp a time card and are penalized 5 Thai Baht (USD $0.14) for every minute they are late. Each month, they receive two nights of vacation and, if they don't miss any additional nights, they will earn only 6000 Thai Baht (USD $181).[1]

Human rights concerns[edit]

Performers in ping pong shows are often trafficked from countries such as Myanmar and Laos.[1] Human rights organizations (such as Not For Sale Campaign) denounce ping pong shows as inherently misogynistic. “The attitude that [sex work in places like ping pong shows] is empowering gives a green light to traffickers. We’re trying to fight the commercial sex trade, not empower the sex trade,” says Taina Bien-Aime of Equality Now.[2] Thai women who work in"ping pong shows" often worked in factories before being laid off during the economic downturn.[2] “Working 14 hours [a day] in a factory or blowing ping pong balls out of your vagina should not be a person’s only choices in life,” says Bien-Aime.[2]

Most women working at ping pong shows are prostitutes.[1] Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. is one of the few prominent U.S. politicians to propose legislation to curb domestic demand of the international sex industry. "The buyers of commercial sex must be sensitized to the harm they cause women and girls and to the fact their money fuels modern day slavery," Smith said at a joint briefing of the Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking and the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus in July 2009. “A cultural shift that recognizes the link between commercial sex and the trafficking of women and girls would starve the modern-day slaveholders. If potential buyers knew of the unspeakable lives of servitude and degradation these victims suffer, I think they would think twice before laying down their money.” [2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Guzder, Deena (2009-08-18). "The Price of Sexual Torture? USD $181/month". Thailand: Sex Tourism, Exploited Women. Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. 
  2. ^ a b c d Guzder, Deena (2009-08-25). "The Economics of Commercial Sexual Exploitation". Thailand: Sex Tourism, Exploited Women. Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. 

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