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Maung Win is 40 and has a wife and daughter to feed. Like most migrants he works seven days a week for well below the legal minimum wage. He gets two dollars a day for ploughing this field from 8am to 5pm. It is 40 degrees centigrade today.<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.

Maung Win is 40 and has a wife and daughter to feed. Like most migrants he works seven days a week for well below the legal minimum wage. He gets two dollars a day for ploughing this field from 8am to 5pm. It is 40 degrees centigrade today.

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...
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