The Price of Love

Assignment for VG Helg magazine (NO), 2016

A woman from Thailand is found killed together with her young son in the home they shared with her Norwegian husband in the north of Norway. For many Thai women a marriage with a western man represents a dream of a better future with material security. Many western men look for love or a relationship in the bars of Pattaya.

Pimsiri (37) and Bel (13) are buried in a Buddhistic ceremony in Bangkok.

Kai (34) is in a relationship with a Norwegian man who visits Pattaya twice a year. 

Walking Street in Pattaya is the main destination for strip bars and brothels.

Yenit is married to a Norwegian man who lives in Pattaya, and they own a bar.

A young woman takes a rest on the stairs to the room she rents, after a long night working in a bar. Her dream is to find a Norwegian man and move abroad.

According to traditions, family and friends can visit the coffins of Pimsiri and Bel in a Buddhistic tempel in the he days before the funeral.

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