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Guards, mobiles key to inmates' deals

Jails turn into hubs for outside trade

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  • Writer: Nauvarat Suksamran and King-oua Laohong
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Iron bars may limit the freedom of inmates, but they have failed to keep them from carrying on the drug dealing that put them in the facilities in the first place. 

Large prisons in recent years have turned from correctional facilities into the nerve centres for distribution of drugs, with several high-profile convicts refusing to give up the illicit trade even once incarcerated.

Advanced communication technology has torn down the prison walls intended to keep the inmates away from the outside world. Mobile phones have become a prized tool of necessity for the inmates.

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