Ethnic minority women from Thailand’s mountains find difficulties in adjustment and opportunity in the country’s urban centers
- Government and international efforts to crackdown on deforestation, rebel territories, and drug production have driven many of Thailand’s “hill people” into the cities.
- There, women in particular often find labor only in fruit and flower preparation or selling embroidery, which provide uneven wages at or below subsistence levels and renders women vulnerable to trafficking.
- With little money for services, community members often rely on religious institutions for service provisions including identity card acquisition assistance and schooling for children.
“It’s better to live in the city. We don’t have land to farm in the mountains. If we had land in the mountains, I would prefer to live there.”
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