A little-known political party competing in the general election revealed on Wednesday one of its priority proposals for Thailand was to legalise the production and sale of sex toys.
The Tai Rak Tham party also proposed around-the-clock operations for entertainment venues.
Deputy leader Chitsanupong Trairatrangsri said the party wished to emphasise the policy as the country has a huge amount of rubber which was the raw material for sex toys.
Therefore, if the production of sex toys was allowed in Thailand, it would add value to the rubber trade, he said.
Legalising sex toys would help reduce sex-related crimes and sexually transmitted diseases, Chitsanupong said.
In Thailand, those who possess or sell sex toys can be subject to legal action.
Chitsanupong was speaking while campaigning in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.
He said that his party was formed by LGBT people who were involved in “night entertainment” businesses. At present, the businesses were severely affected by being forced by law to close after 1am.
“The night entertainment operations have been so quiet because of the law. Therefore, we would highlight the proposal for the business to be able to operate for 24 hours,” Chitsanupong said.
The policy, if allowed, will bring huge income to the country, he added.
Tai Rak Tham was registered in August 2013 and the name means “Thais love dharma”.