These pictures give you a rare glimpse into the life of a Thai prison inmate. The photos of inside a Thai prison cell were secretly taken by an inmate and then smuggled out of the prison. They were originally posted on a popular Thai forum by the inmate who is now apparently free. According to the caption, they were shot earlier this year in a prison in northern Thailand.
Sizes of prison cells vary from prison to prison. This one has about 50 inmates. The prisoners sleep on the floor. As you can see, they only sleep on a thin blanket. They are not allowed pillows but can use clothes for this. Many cells are overcrowded and new inmates can only sleep on their side. The inmates are locked in the cells for about 14 hours a day. Lights are kept on all the time. During the night, guards do not usually come into the cells.
There is a television at one end of the cell. They don’t have live TV but can watch VCDs which is controlled by the guards. In one corner of the cell are the toilets. There is a low wall to give them some privacy. They can also take a shower here by pouring bowls of water over themselves. It is hot in the cells. The ceiling fans only help circulate the warmth and smell from 50 or so prisoners. Most prisoners just wear shorts. However, walking to and from the toilets they are usually naked.
There isn’t much for them to do. They can watch TV or chat with their friends. The prisoners with illegal mobile phones can use these to chat with girlfriends or download porno clips. The blankets up in the toilets are there to give privacy to anyone who wants to masturbate. Consensual sex does take place in the cells at night. Usually with one of the lady boys who sells their services for cigarettes. They do this under blankets. No-one takes any notice. Rape is rare.