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For May May Lai, abuse is part of the job. She works in a brothel on the outskirts of Mae Sot, where she is made available to clients 24 hours a day. Here she prepares to sleep with her latest customer, who will pay her a few dollars for sex. Every month, a relative comes from Burma to collect the money she makes. <br />
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There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and fisheries or in karaoke bars and brothels.  They face constant harassment - wage exploitation, physical abuse, rape and even murder are commonplace and routinely go unpunished. Few have access to decent healthcare, to education or to legal protection. For the Burmese in Thailand, human rights are little more than a dream. And yet they choose to stay. Why? Because as bad as things are in Thailand, on the other side of the border, they are even worse.

For May May Lai, abuse is part of the job. She works in a brothel on the outskirts of Mae Sot, where she is made available to clients 24 hours a day. Here she prepares to sleep with her latest customer, who will pay her a few dollars for sex. Every month, a relative comes from Burma to collect the money she makes.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous...
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