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Thailand

Bangkok's 'motorcycle mamas' roar into men's world

The lack of jobs elsewhere leads some Thai women into a dangerous profession

Bangkok motorcycle traffic in the On Nut area (Photo by Tom Vater)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's capital is well-known for its grid-locked roads. During Bangkok's intense rush hour, only the city's army of motorcycle taxi drivers keep things moving. Women, deprived of other economic opportunities and attracted by the freedom the job offers, are pushing into this traditionally male bastion of the national workforce.

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