Women Rescued from Human Zoo

Karen women, known for their extended necks resulting from wearing heavy brass neck rings, were being exploited as tourist attractions and later rescued from four shops in northern Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thai social welfare officials liberated 39 women from the shops, after receiving complaints from tourists that the women were being “put on show like in a zoo.”

The women were members of 2,000 Karen refugees who fled violence in their homeland.


Nando.net - February 5, 1998

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