Inside the world's s.ex capital: The city with highest number of prostitutes anywhere. Every year more than one million visitors pass through the Thai resort known as the world's s.ex capital. Pattaya has a reported 27,000 prostitutes, roughly one for every five people living permanently in the east-coast city that has been likened to a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah.
The resort's infamous main drag, the largest red-light district on earth, is lined with s.ex clubs and go-go bars.
Neon signs promise s.ex shows, pole-dancing, cheap drinks and more. Scantily clad Thai women, faces whitened with foundation, offer massages to passing western men.
Prostitution is illegal in Thailand but the law is widely ignored and there are brothels in abundance. Pattaya alone has more than 1,000 bars and massage parlours, many fronts illegal brothels. But the city's s.ex trade faces an uncertain future. Those involved in the s.ex trade say it benefits the country's economy by pulling in millions of visitors armed with fistfuls of cash. But police have stepped up raids on brothels following concerns over underage s.ex workers and human trafficking.