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Vast Majority of Thai People Oppose Legalizing Pornography

According to a recent survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll, a majority of people in Thailand oppose legalizing pornography and the production of pornographic films.

The survey was conducted over the phone between Nov 22-24 among 1,315 people aged 18 and older across Thailand with varying levels of education and occupations.

Respondents were asked if they had ever viewed pornographic publications. 54.14% said “no,” 45.78% said “yes,” and 0.08% had no answer or weren’t interested.

According to the survey, 56.50% had seen pornographic films and 43.50% had not.

Read: Thailand’s Lawmakers Warned Over Legalizing Pornography

In response to a proposal for pornographic film production to be legalized, 77.04% said they strongly opposed it because children and youth would become preoccupied with sex. The group said such materials were immoral, since Thailand is a Buddhist country, and they could also lead to more sex-related crimes and harassment.

Just 20.53% of respondents agreed with the proposal, saying that people should be allowed to produce pornographic films and other materials in the modern era.

The rest, 2.43%, did not respond or were not interested.

The government of Thailand recently banned PornHub and all other pornography websites in a national crackdown.

Puttipong Punnakanta, Thailand’s digital minister, said the block is part of the country’s efforts to restrict access to pornographic and gambling content, which is prohibited by the country’s cybercrime laws.

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