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As a part of an annual campaign to keep young people in line on Valentine’s Day, the Royal Thai Police have warned parents to inform their children of the “dangers” associated with the occasion.
“They should tell the children to be careful and take care of themselves. They should also ask for cooperation from children to avoid risky behavior on that day,”Pol.Maj.Gen. Patipat said.
Valentine’s Day has become a widely-celebrated in Thailand in recent decades. According to a report compiled by Kasikorn Bank, spending around the holiday last year amounted to 1.5 billion baht.
However, authorities in Thailand – a socially conservative country despite its freewheeling sex industry – frown upon the holiday, as it is perceived to encourage premarital sex. Every year, police and state agencies launch a campaign to ensure that Thai youths refrain from “inappropriate activities.”