|Drawing by Trish Dagle|
What if the family only has boys and no girls, who will take care of them as they age? In this case, one boy will be chosen to be the girl of the family. It could be the youngest boy or it could be the one who shows the most feminine traits. This decision will be made between the ages of 3-5, long before a boy can have any say in the matter. From that point on, the boy is dressed as a girl and treated as a little girl in every way possible. Some families even have sex changes surgically done on their boys to change them into a girl. Sex change surgery only costs about $1,625 USD in Thailand. Another scenario where a family will change the sex of their boy, is if the village monk declares the boy has a female spirit. They believe the sex is then incorrect and begin treating their little boy as a daughter. Lady boys then fall into the same trafficking danger as any other young girl in Thailand. There are 10,000 lady boys in the red light districts of Bangkok.
It makes me want to weep when I think about how messed up this world is. It feels hopeless and impossible. But I praise God that there are people out there opening small windows of hope to "the least of these."