Viagra in Thailand

| September 19, 2000

Viagra in Thailand, Joshua Kurlantzick, Troika
Well known in the sex tourism circuit, Thailand's sex workers are upping the ante by offering the wonder drug Viagra to keep business flowing. The latest issue of Troika features Joshua Kurlantzick's narrative account of life on the streets of Pattaya, now 'a sexual Disneyland': the frantic nights of male tourists dancing, popping arousing pills and finding a 'lady,' and the lows of mornings after, not only of depression, but often leading to dangerous recourses. 'Ian and his friends pounce on the pills,' recounts Kurlantzick. 'Jackie, a fiftyish Frenchman, gobbles 100-milligram tablets. Eric, a 22-year old English teacher in Bangkok, uses a coffee stirrer to snort a powder made from Viagra and yaaba. I'd always thought of Viagra as a private drug, more like Rogaine than cocaine, something to be taken at home and never mentioned. Yet here we are, sitting at a popular bar and finishing Pfizer's finest.' -- Amanda Luker
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