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Eric, a mid-fifties Canadian expatriate and his mid-thirties Thai girlfriend Noi out to dinner in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Eric came to Thailand to escape depression and post traumatic stress from multiple accidents as a commercial truck driver, and found he can live well in the relatively inexpensive Thailand, not work, support Noi, and has bought land with the intention of building a home for himself and her family if they wish to move from their farm in Chiang Rai. Eric is quick to state he was never a sex tourist and while he met Noi at the bar she manages, it was a more innocent and drawn out affair more closely aligned with western dating practices than those of the Thai sex trade. Eric states that he is open with Noi about his finances and that he respects her wish to continue managing the bar and maintain her financial independence. As for Noi, she says she has never consider sex work, even though she could easily make twice her monthly salary of 6000 Baht (approx. $187). She has a low tolerance for flakiness in the 'bar girls' she manages and chooses to work the day shift so she can avoid being hit on by the many caucasian tourists looking for a 'date.'
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