Work in the rice or sugarcane fields is difficult and pays only $2 - $4 a day.

Factory work pays better, but in Thailand, these jobs are increasingly difficult to find. Just as in the U.S., factory work has been moving to China. The factory jobs available are often grueling, dirty or dangerous.

Prostitution pays more, but carries significant physical, health and emotional risks. Rarely does it lead to marriage,
and the girls are discarded at an early age. To rise out of poverty in SE Asia without an education is very difficult.