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Thailand: Terror in the red-light district

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Thai Muslim villagers in Southern Thailand

Thai Muslim villagers take part in a protest organised to condemn a car bomb attack by suspected Muslim separatists a day before, in the Yi-ngo distrist of Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on June 8, 2009. An insurgency in the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat erupted in January 2004, and since then more than 3,700 people have been killed and thousands more wounded. AFP PHOTO/MADAREE TOHLALA (Photo credit should read MADAREE TOHLALA/AFP/Getty Images)


BANGKOK, Thailand — There are no battlefield guarantees in Asia’s bloodiest Islamic insurgency, a jihad in Thailand’s tropical south that has ended nearly 5,000 lives.

But there are a few rules of thumb. In their self-proclaimed “holy war” to carve out the world’s newest Muslim state on the Thai-Malaysia border, jihadis consider soldiers, cops, Buddhist monks, government teachers and their Muslim collaborators as fair game. Backpackers partying just a short distance up the coast are left alone.

But less mercy is offered to a different sort of tourist: Malaysian men, many fellow Muslims, border-hopping into insurgents’ turf for paid sex. Now, after a bloody Sunday night bombing spree in their favored brothel town, Malaysia’s government is warning its men to stay away.

Read more: Globalpost.com

By Patrick Winn
Global Post


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