“SWING takes care of its members as if they are family. The organization has supported us from the first to the third wave of the COVID 19 pandemic. This support has also been extended to our families.”
Prisana (her pseudonym), a 51-year-old sex worker, is originally from Sisaket Province. Her family earned a living from a paddy farm, while she worked at a department store in Bangkok. She divorced her husband soon after giving birth to her daughter and became a single mother, with the added responsibility of four other family members. She left her job at the department store and started working in a bar in 1999.
Earning 40,000–50,000 baht a month, she was able to take care of her family and supported her daughter’s university education. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, she now only earns 10,000 baht a month, although she has tried to supplement her income by selling chili paste in addition to working in the bar, but it is insufficient to cover her monthly expenditure of about 20,000 baht.