The Australian authorities have responded with upgraded immigration processes, rigorous law enforcement and increased social services, many targeted at vulnerable Thai women.
While the vast majority of Thai brides experience a positive improvement in their lifestyle, some, particularly those with little or no English or limited education can find themselves marginalized or isolated.
Alongside this positive story, however problems have arisen as the trend has spawned abuses which has resulted in Thai women being exploited either by unscrupulous individuals luring them into the prostitution industry or other instances where the Australian men have been duped into marrying ex prostitutes by third parties with links to organised crime and the vice industry.
Suttida already had a baby girl from a failed relationship with old Thai boyfreind while Praewa was single.
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Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay has admitted to receiving treatment for "sex addiction" at a private clinic, likening it to alcohol dependency. It's a term that first came to widespread attention when actor Michael Douglas was admitted to rehab in 1990 and it was reported - inaccurately, he later claimed - to be a sex addict.
And that is where the fairytale end as both relationships were destined to have very different outcomes.
Both Thai women were of a similar age Suttida was twenty nine years of age and her friend Praewa was twenty seven. Suttida worked in a travel agency in Bangkok, Praewa also worked in Thailand's capital city but as a beer girl at a bar in Sukhumvit.