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Tea Leaves

Happy beginnings in Thailand's prisons

Unique skills training program transforms lives of female inmates

Women prisoners attend a Thai massage class at Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institute in northern Thailand.   © Reuters

The prison inmate behind me clamped her thickly tattooed arms firmly around my neck. I could not move an inch. I started to wonder whether I had made a good choice for my afternoon recreational activity.

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