In a lively beach resort town along the eastern Gulf coast of Thailand, a social experiment is quietly taking place behind bars. More than 6,000 of Thailand’s 300,000 incarcerated people are registered sexual minorities, the Associated Press reports.

Of Pattaya Remand Prison’s more than 4,000 inmates, 10 are transgender females who have undergone gender-reassignment surgery. Thanks to the new pilot program, these women reside in a “female zone.”

Under order from the country’s Department of Corrections, Pattaya Remand Prison is one of a handful of facilities separating gay and transgender inmates from the jail’s general population to protect them from harassment and assault.
Transgender women who have gone through sex change surgery sleep in a separate cell at the female zone of the Pattaya Remand Prison. | (EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT)

More than 6,000 of Thailand’s 300,000 incarcerated people are registered sexual minorities, the Associated Press reports.

Of Pattaya Remand Prison’s more than 4,000 inmates, 10 are transgender females who have undergone gender-reassignment surgery. Thanks to the new pilot program, these women reside in a “female zone.”

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