Bangkok filth, the reason the Thais are desperate to clean up their act

A woman dances provocatively in one of the city’s seedy underworld bars

BANGKOK’S seedy underworld has been captured in a fascinating series of photographs going behind the scenes of its brothels and boxing rings.

The amazing photos give an insight into the dark side of the Thai city which authorities are desperate to shut down.

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Fascinating photos show the city’s dark underworld which authorities are desperate to sweep away.

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Two prostitutes in tiny dresses in one of Bangkok’s go-go bars, which authorities want to eradicate
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A prostitute sits on a stool in the street, waiting for customers
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A woman crawls on the dirty floor in one of Bangkok’s nightspots
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A prostitute sits on a seat in the hope of attracting clients
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Another prostitute sucks her finger while clutching a drink
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A prostitute lays back in a chair with a red hat in one of Bangkok’s bars

Last year the country’s first female tourism minister vowed to shut down the country’s many brothels and go-go bars.

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Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said she wanted future holidaymakers to flock to Thailand for its beauty and beaches and not its seedy red light districts and world-famous ladyboys.

But those working in the industry said any clampdown would devastate the local economy and leave thousands out of work.

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Thailand is predominantly Buddhist country and with traditional values, but it is also home to one of the world’s most infamous sex industries.

Every year, hordes of tourists flock to the bright lights of go-go bars and massage parlours in Bangkok and other tourist towns.

But Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul had tried to play down the role of the sex industry in drawing visitors

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A man lays in a pile of bags on the street
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A pair of prostitutes sit in the street waiting to attract customers
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A prostitute plays on her phone as she waits for customers outside a brothel in the city-
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A half-naked man curls up in a doorway on the street
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The city wants to shake off its seedy image, but the industry warns a crackdown would leave thousands without income
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A woman walks along a dark alley in Bangkok

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The haunting pictures were taken by Boogie, a photographer born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, where he learnt his trade snapping the rebellion and civil war which ravaged the country during the 1990s.

Images show a half-naked prostitute lying in a doorway, while others dance on a tiny stage in a run-down bar.

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Other pictures show Thai boxers pumping themselves up for brutal and bloody fights.

On his website, Boogie says growing up in a war-torn country defined his realist style and attraction to the darker side of human existence.

He moved to New York City in 1998 and his solo exhibitions include Paris, New York, Tokyo, Milan, Istanbul and Los Angeles.

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A Thai boxer is sized up as he prepares to fight
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