Traditionally, Thai women are supposed to remain celibate until they marry. Therefore, widows and divorcees are not considered ideal wives for Thai men and Thai women often remain single after divorce. This is different in western culture, where a woman's prior marital or sexual history is not considered so important.
Therefore the western men have opened up new possibilities for divorced Thai women. Their western husbands make them feel that they can be respectable, whereas before, after divorcing their Thai husbands they had a feeling of being 'used'.
Many of the transmigrated women agree that they had never realised that they have the rights over their bodies and could make decisions in their marriages before they met their western husbands. Some village women explained that the realisation was 'like a miracle'.
The women frankly confess that financial security was a major factor in their decision to marry, but many gave other reasons for preferring western men. In a newspaper interview, one woman married to a farang complained of the 'bad habits' of Thai men. Some women interviewed agreed, citing some of those bad habits as addiction to gambling and alcoholic drinking and having no responsibility for their families. Some said they and their children used to experience domestic violence from their husbands.