01 May 2012
Story Nattha Keenapan/Video by Jingjai N.
(The story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on May 1, 2012)
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – When Poon* left home more than a year ago he loved his new-found freedom: no adults to answer to, no schools to attend and all the time in the world to hang out and have fun with his new friends on the streets of Thailand’s second largest city.
But Poon, now 10, quickly learned that life on the streets also meant sleeping on a filthy sidewalk in front of a 7-eleven store in the city’s red light district, a place that offered no protection from chilly night winds, mosquitoes, stray dogs and inebriated passers-by.