Thursday, June 14, 2012


Lai, water color on paper, 5x7 inch

Lai came to Bangkok from Ubon near the border with Cambodia when she was eighteen.  She was recruited to work at a Soi Cowboy bar after she won a local beauty contest.  Her monthly salary is eight thousand Baht but so many men want her, she sometimes makes as much as forty thousand Baht a month.  In two years, she’s had hundreds of men, a few of them more than once.  So many men, she’s lost track of who they are and how they look.  Already, she has built a new house for her family back in Ubon and bought a pickup truck for her father and brother.