Behind The Smile

Behind The Smile

The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya

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Author: Owen Jones
Length: 176 page(s)
Written: Aug 2012
Sales Rank: - XinXii Sales Rank
Views: 7214

Category: Fiction & Literature » Miscellaneous  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: Pattaya, Thailand, bar girl, sex industry, sex tourism, romance, holiday romance, night life, prostitution, society, Buddhism, travel, Daddy's Hobby, Owen Jones, mixed couples, Asia

How a bar girl drifts into the sex industry and struggles to get out of it again

Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family. She did not expect to do anything any different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand.

Typically that would be: work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; give them to mum to take care of and get back to work until her kids had their own children and it would be her turn to stop working to take care of them.

One day a catastrophe occurred out of the blue – her father died young and with huge debts that the family knew nothing about. Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she knew was to go to work in her cousin’s bar in Pattaya.

She went as a waitress-cum-cashier, but when she realised that she was pregnant by her worthless, estranged husband, things had to change. She had the baby, gave it to her mother to look after and went back to work. However, now she needed real money to provide a better life for her child and to make up for spending its whole youth 500 miles away. She drifted into the tourist sex industry.

The book relates some of her ‘adventures’, her dreams and nightmares and her ‘modus operandi’. It tries to show, from Lek’s point of view, what it really is like to be a Thai bar girl – the hopes and frustrations, the hopes and the let-downs, the hopes and the lies and deceit that are part of her every day life.

One day she meets a man she likes and he likes her too. Nothing new there, it had happened hundreds of times before, but she feels that it is different this time. They have a wonderful four weeks together and then he goes home – as they all had, leaving more promises and more hopes. This one returns, but real life with a real boyfriend is not as easy as she had dreamed it would be. They go through good and bad times, but will they stay together and for how long?

After all she has been through, will she be able to be a regular girlfriend or even a wife again? Will she ever really be able to trust a man enough again either? Or would she be better off giving up her dreams and carrying on working in the bar?

Lek begins to find out that getting what you wish for is not always as good as you thought it would be.

'Behind the Smile' refers to the fact that Thailand is known the world over as 'The Land of Smiles'.


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Ceri Carpenter has just started writing as time has become more available. 'The Misunderstanding' was Ceri's first piece of work on the Supernatural and was written while travelling and in Asia in June, 2013.

This, 'Megan's Followers', is the fifth book in the 'Megan' series. Ceri expects to produce one a month.

Ceri was born in South Wales, the United Kingdom and has had an interest and involvement in the supernatural since he was young, as his parents, his father's mother and most of his parents' friends were Spiritualists.

He grew up with healers and others with psychic powers around him.

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