She then met a guy named Adam, who worked as a technician, and they got married after just a 1 year relationship.When asked the reason she choose to work as a sex worker, she was embarrassed about her experiences: “I got pregnant and married at the tender age of 19 years old. After 3 years of marriage, my husband filed for divorce, left me with my daughter and we lost contact with each other since.” “To make ends meet, I sent my daughter back to my hometown and my mother helped to look after her so that I can work a full-time job.I went for several job interviews and was accepted to work as a shampoo girl in a saloon in the city, with a monthly salary of RM600 but I left the job after one month as the salary could hardly support my family.

With that said, it is no surprise that the biggest percentage of the market is dominated by the commercialized sex ‘industry’ in Malaysia.

It is worth a staggering US$963 million (equivalent to RM3.2 billion), thereby placing the country at 17 out of 26 countries with the highest revenues from this ‘industry’ (the figures are based on the amount that foreign prostitutes are capable of earning in the flesh trade).

However, according to the official law enforcement view, commercialized sex in the country is mild and not that serious compared with other countries.

In a recent online news report in September, Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division principal assistant director SAC Datuk Roslee Chik was quoted as saying that commercialized sex is not an industry as it is “not that big” in Malaysia.

According to unofficial estimates, there are around 150,000 prostitutes in Malaysia, with about 10,000 to 20,000 of them in the Klang Valley alone.

Areas like Petaling Street, Jalan Alor, Chow Kit, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Hicks, Brickfields and Jalan Imbi, to name a few, are among the infamous red-light hotspots for prostitutes to ply their trade.Most of them have been stigmatized, discriminated and criminalized at one point or other in their lives.It may be due to their poor family background, abusive family, limited education as well as the disintegration of marriage,” Tai stressed.With the recommendation by a friend, I found a job as a part-time prostitute in a ‘massage parlour’ and I have been working there since,” she said.Showing no remorse, she further remarked that: “I get RM150 per hour servicing two to three clients per day and sometimes I managed to earn up to RM5,000 to RM7,000 a month, adding that there were times she lured customers through online means.” Every year, thousands of young women are lured by the promise of easy money to work as sex workers, although for every willing prostitute there are countless others who had been forced into the sex trade through trafficking, slavery and circumstances.Over the years, the demand for prostitution has led to human trafficking from countries like China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines, just to name a few.