Dressed in the mall’s pale yellow service uniform with a white frilly apron, the graceful young Thai woman---shining black hair in pony tail---wears orange rubber gloves. She uses dark blue felt cleaning cloths to continue her escalator cleaning routine: sanitizing each moving railing while standing, holding the cloth firm against the constant motion; placing the cleaning cloth on a pole, wiping the moving parts as she rides again to the top then crosses over and repeats the same cleaning riding the down escalator.
The tiny women lag behind because they can’t keep up with the long strides of their male counterparts who seem to ignore their distress. They dress provocatively, small breasts showing hard nipples through gauzy tops. They trip behind in four-inch-high heels, determined to be No. 1 Girl. Maybe get an offer they desperately want: get out of Thailand for a better life with a doting Sugar Daddy or, if they’re lucky, a husband. Their sing song sound language is delightful to the ear. At least, at first. Maybe after a steady diet or angry discourse of same, the melodic chimes could become annoyingly grating.
It’s easy once you know how. VIP members are coached on: how to ask for money, what to ask for (trip/accommodation/favours), the language of love and/or commerce, irresistible sexual practices….
And so begins our three month education in Thailand.