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Dare to get your back rubbed by a criminal?

You don’t need to watch episodes of Locked Up Abroad to be fearful of entering a foreign prison. Thailand’s Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution has taken a capitalist approach to prisoner rehabilitation, opening its doors to the general public and inviting people to (willingly) come into a section of the prison for massages from the inmates.

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In this case, "happy ending" means nobody got murdered.

Concrete block walls and harsh lighting – the massage parlour looks like prison. Almost feels like prison.

The women at the correctional institution are trained in giving quality massages, and purportedly do a very good job at it.

People actually do come to this women’s prison to relax (or alleviate the tension built up from entering a cell full of convicts).

The prison is equipped with a large room with mats and chairs for your choice of Thai or foot massage.

Inmates run the spa as part of a massage school prison rehabilitation program, and the cost of a massage is set aside for the inmates for use after their release.

 

References:

http://thailand.prd.go.th/view_news.php?id=4022&a=2

http://openplac.es/trips/womens-correctional-institution-in-chiang-mai-thailand

http://aroamertherapy.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/my-massage-by-a-thai-ex-convict/

http://www.cracked.com/article_19793_6-luxury-spa-treatments-extremely-rich-insane.html

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/karenmichael/1/1280268764/tpod.html#pbrowser/karenmichael/1/1280268764/filename=massage.jpg

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-strangest-spas/4

 

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