There is no doubt that Thailand, Bangkok and in particular resorts like Pattaya have become sex tourist destinations.
'In Bangkok or Pattaya you can buy sex with a prostitute for as little as , the beer is cheap and it's sunny, it's an irresistible attraction for some foreigners, I know it's immoral but for many people, that doesn't matter anymore, that's it.' No matter that there are increasing efforts by authorities in Bangkok to clean up the sex trade, which Thai government policies are beginning to target poverty in rural areas which is the root of the problem or that Pattaya is also a beautiful destination with superb golf facilities that would stand on its own without the sex for sale label.
'This is just a fact of life you have to accept and even try to understand.
I am sure that without these strict rules, there are some unfortunate Thai women who would fall victim to some of the bad operators out there,' says Mr Boeker.
'In the main Thai women seeking foreign boyfriends or marriage partners are not involved in the sex industry.
This trend has become both an alternative route for poor Thai women and a growing trend among middle class Thai women including middle aged Thai women working in the public service but there are Thai women working in the sex industry who see marriage to a foreigner as a way out,' says Dirk Boeker who is currently researching a documentary in Bangkok for a Dutch TV company.
It would be quite wrong to equate the large of Thai women seeking marriage with foreigners directly with the flourishing sex industry in Thailand and Bangkok.
The sex industry has been wrongly linked also to the growing numbers of Thai women seeking foreign husbands and life partners but there is a clear distinction between the two phenomena and of course, an overlap.
There are many different types of sex operations offering a different range of specialist services from soapy massage to bars that offer oral sex to male customers or to use the vernacular term blow jobs.
In recent years TV companies from around the world have examined the phenomenon.
It may surprise foreigners to discover that most Thai people are deeply conservative and traditional.
To many of them the sex industry is a source of national shame.