10 December 2015

"Dao" and “Kanompang” from Hormones 3 series and expert speak about online safety



Sananthachat Thanapatpisal and Nichaphat Chaichaipolrat, or “Dao”  and “Kanompang” from Hormones 3: The Final Season series and Assoc. Prof. Jessada Denduangboripant, lecturer at the Faculty of Science of Chulalongkorn University, visited UNICEF to speak with young people online about the benefits social media bring to lives, and how to avoid potential risks. The talk was aired live on YouTube on 10 December 2015.

01 December 2015

Mean streets: helping adolescents at risk of HIV in Chiang Mai

Kum Poon, 14, sells sex on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand
© UNICEF EAPRO/2015/Andy Brown
Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s main tourist destinations. It also a city in which prostitution is rife. Kum Poon*, 14, sleeps rough in a park near the city’s sex district. He makes some money working for street vendors, but also sells sex to tourists and locals. Adults who exploit Kum Poon for sex violate his rights as a child and put him at grave risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

It wasn’t always this way. In 2001, Kum Poon was born in a hill tribe village outside Chiang Mai. His parents died when he was very young. For a while he was cared for by relatives, but they were too poor to look after him, so they took him to Viengping Children’s Home, where he lived until he was six. It’s a pleasant home on the edge of Chiang Mai, with fresh air, lots of open space and a large, well equipped playground.

“That was the happiest time in my life,” Kum Poon recalls. “I was still young and had no burdens or difficulties in my life. I used to play games, climb trees and draw pictures of flowers. The teachers were kind to me.”