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Thai women find work -- and hazards -- on two wheels

While some find motorcycle taxi driving liberating, there is a price to pay

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

BANGKOK Thailand's capital is well-known for its gridlocked 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.

Kamokwan Sangngian, motorcycle taxi driver in On Nut, Bangkok (Photo by Tom Vater)

Nine hours a day, Kamokwan Sangngian, 40, takes commuters from On Nut Skytrain station, a few stops east of downtown, to their destinations. She weaves her 150cc motorbike through narrow alleys and traffic-clogged roads to get her customers home as quickly as possible. "I had a friend who was working at this queue, which happens to be near my house. So I asked her to get me an interview with the group leader."

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