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“I used to earn around 300–400 THB before the pandemic, and this was enough to feed my family. In the current context, days go by where I have no income at all,” says Mr. Somkiat Tungengtaracharoen, who owns a single-seat barber shop called Kiat Barber.
The youth dismantling stereotypes in Thailand.
“During COVID-19 pandemic, I have not had any clients because of the reduction of tourists and foreigners, and I have not been able to look for clients online,” says 23-year-old Peach who is a transgender sex worker in Pattaya.
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