Are homeless expats living on Easy Street?
The authorities are concerned by the rising number of Westerners living rough in Thailand. Spectrum discovered that while some are mentally ill, others have made a conscious choice to thwart immigration regulations after failed relationships
Sylvester, a 61-year-old African-American, spends his nights on the beach in central Pattaya. When it rains he runs across the street to sleep in a dark corner of a glitzy shopping mall.
He is a tall man with white, closely-cropped hair and a neat white moustache. His demeanour is solemn and calm and his clothes, while old, are clean for a person who has been sleeping rough for several years.
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