The Long-Neck Women of Thailand

Forced to serve as a tourist attraction in a human zoo, the long-neck women of Thailand want to cast off their coils and live modern lives like the rest of us — if only the government would let them.

April 14, 2008 6:24 AM
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Thailand Long Neck Women

Zember's grandmother, mother, and older sister help her get into costume. She agreed to put the coil on again for our photo shoot.
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Thailand Long Neck Women

Zember at home in her hut in the village of Nai Soi wearing traditional dress that used to make her a tourist attraction.
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Thailand Long Neck Women

A diagram of the neck at a souvenir stall.
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Thailand Long Neck Women

Zember's sister removes her coil while her grandmother looks on.
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Thailand Long Neck Women

Zember in full traditional dress.
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Thailand Long Neck Women

A tourist dons a fake coil and poses for a photograph.
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Zember, minus her rings, at a local caf.
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Thailand Long Neck Women

Ma Lo, left, and Zember at a popular wireless caf.
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