In the economic downturn following the coup, a growing number of women have turned to sex work, where they struggle for income and face assault and extortion by criminal gangs.
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In the economic downturn following the coup, a growing number of women have turned to sex work, where they struggle for income and face assault and extortion by criminal gangs.
The National League for Democracy is preparing for the election battle with renewed energy. In recent weeks it has become increasingly obvious that months of planning and organising are beginning to bear fruit. It is a resurgent, revitalised and reinvigorated NLD that is emerging to fight for power on November 8. It is no longer the introspective party, lacking in vision, that seemed to have lost its way after its overwhelming victory in the 1990 election for a constituent assembly.
Although Myanmar’s recent economic and political transformation has garnered much more attention, bubbling under the surface have been changes to the country’s administrative processes.

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