Freedom fighters

Freedom fighters Fighting in prison is nothing new, but in Thailand it can earn a reduced sentence rather than more time behind bars. This report meets the inmates literally fighting for freedom in one of Thailand's toughest prisons.
"Without boxing, I'd be like other prisoners. With boxing, I can go home sooner", a prisoner explains. With its philosophy of a healthy mind, body and spirit, many here consider Muay Thai as a way of life that instills discipline and respect. Now the ancient combat sport is making a debut in an unlikely quarter: the Thai prison system. Inmates are pitted against foreign boxers in a unique rehabilitation program which, teamed with good behaviour, is fast-tracking them out of jail and back into society.

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