Author Patrick Winn on Organized Crime in Southeast Asia [Season 3, Episode 24]

2018-09-04T21:21:41+07:00September 5th, 2018|Bangkok Podcast Season 3, Interviews|4 Comments

The podcast is very pleased to welcome back journalist Patrick Winn, who previously appeared on the show in its very early days – episode 11 of season 1, to be precise. Patrick recently authored a book called “Hello Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts, and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia” and the subject matter is as exciting as the title would suggest.

Patrick discusses his time in Myanmar with gangs of militant Christians who kidnap drug addicts in an attempt to force them to go straight, his adventures in Vietnam with NVA veterans who ambush thugs stealing pet dogs for their meat, and violent gangs in the Philippines. Patrick also stresses the overwhelming size of the underworld dedicated to one drug – ‘ya ba’, a potent, cheap, mass-produced form of methamphetamine. Greg and Ed tease the details out of Patrick on how this criminal network affects Thailand and what the causes may be for the apparent increase in corrupt activities throughout Southeast Asia.

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  1. Wayne Thompson September 10, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

    This was super interesting. I definitely will be reading the book when I get time.

    • Greg September 13, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Hey Wayne, thanks, it’s a great read.

  2. Steve Rosse October 7, 2018 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Nice conversation on an important topic, but it’s pronounced “feef-dom,” not “fife-dom.”

    • Greg October 8, 2018 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Not in North America…or at least, it’s one of those words that you hear pronounced both ways.

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