Generally, if you are worried about whether someone has a baby or not, the answer will be yes in probably 9 out of 10 times or more. It won’t come as a surprise to know that as a group, single moms are over-represented in the demographics of people working in the nightlife areas of Pattaya. This can be explained by many factors chiefly economic and some social or political. Obviously a parent needs to obtain money to support their child and this means that the tourism industry can provide one avenue of employment. In Thailand, the minimum wage is low and therefore unskilled labour is cheap. For people that have a high school education there are not too many high paying jobs available, the alternatives are generally entry level retail, hospitality etc the same as in other countries where young people start out in fast food or shop assistants. In rural areas, often this means contributing on the family farm, harvesting rice, helping raise livestock etc. Generally difficult manual labour in the hot sun.
These options of course aren’t so attractive for a young woman. So she can go to Pattaya and get a job in the tourist sector. If she is working in a bar or club, customers will buy her drinks. Of course, this usually means abandoning her child back in her village, usually to grandparents, aunts or uncles in the extended family who agree to take care. Very few actually manage to bring someone to take care of the child to Pattaya also. Most moms don’t make any attempt to hide the reasons why they come to Pattaya, you can easily see on social media such as Facebook or LINE profile once you are acquainted with them. But some will sense that the customer will not like them if they are a mom, and lie about whether they have a child. This is easy to verify just ask to add them on social media. Of course, it is possible to have multiple accounts, and in fact we recommend you have your own separate accounts for visiting Pattaya. As they say it’s up to you, don’t ask questions if you might not like the answers.
Of course you may be asking why doesn’t the other parent support the child too. Well in Thailand the situation is more favourable to the male parent. In fact if the couple are not married then the biological father often completely avoids any legal obligations to provide support. It is entirely up to his own conscience. If he decides that it is not his problem then of course he will pay nothing and disappear. Not to say that all are like this. But the options anyway for employment are pretty low paying for young male Thais without qualifications, especially in agriculture and construction. Generally just enough to buy beer and gasoline. So even if he wanted to he could not provide much money. Economically, it is most viable to go to Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket or another popular tourist destination and access the wealthy foreigners who travel there. Tourism money is indirectly supporting the next generation of Thais.