The garbage dump for Mae Sot, Thailand, is home to over three hundred migrant people who live off scavenging this border town's garbage. Every morning these "illegals" jostle for position while waiting for the next truck to arrive with its stenchy cargo. Farther down the road I watched an old man sort cardboard, which he sells for five baht (fifteen cents ) per twenty kilos. The only other 'jobs' available to these people are in the hundreds of sweat shops that manufacture export products ranging from clothing, plastic flowers, to electronic components, conveniently located along the border, where most clear (after "security fees", food and a shelf-like bed are deducted), around 1000 baht ($30) per month.
One of the biggest enemies of malaria is early diagnosis, but this is unlikely among transient, undocumented populations, and especially here in the rainy season.