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Vietnamese drug gangs under fire in Eastern Europe

Scattered materials for the "STOP Drugs" Program (Courtesy of the Czech-Vietnamese Association)

PRAGUE -- Far from the picturesque cobblestone streets of downtown Prague, 42-year-old Vietnam-born Nguyen Kim Thu is in the back corner of her family-run pizzeria in the southern outskirts of the city, hunched over a large slab of dough being prepared for the evening rush.

Nguyen Kim Thu sprays water over dough at her pizzeria. (Photo by Philip Heijmans)

The restaurant was originally opened to serve Czechs, who would take the 45-minute bus ride from central Prague to the sizeable but secluded Vietnamese enclave nicknamed "Little Hanoi." These days, most of her customers are other Vietnamese shop owners in the area.

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