In 2004 I traveled to Thailand to interview expat Vietnam War veterans for a story about the upcoming Bush-Kerry presidential election. The story took me to the country’s raunchiest neighborhood during Thailand’s New Year festival—on what is notoriously one of the country’s rowdiest days of the year. I wound up in the heart of Boyz Town, the gay red-light district famous for illegal prostitution of underage boys. The interviews that day may have been about US politics, but the real story—illegal sex tourism and child prostitution—was happening right before my eyes.
I directed and produced this story for my illustrated documentary series on VICE called Correspondent Confidential. Illustrated and animated by Colleen Cox.