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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Person

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Tkhanvimol Lamoolmorn, 40, masseuse at 7-Krasok:

"I grew up in Surin, Thailand. I fashioned decorative plastic flowers and never dreamed that I'd come to Moscow.

"I began to learn how to give massages when my father fell ill, and to treat him, I had to give him a massage every day. After my father passed away, I took special Thai massage courses to follow a desire to help people.

"My husband left me, and I have four children -- one boy and three girls. So I fell on hard times, raising my children on my own. I found a firm that offers masseuses the chance to work on contract in Moscow, and I decided to sign a three-year contract.

"I've been working here for almost two years now, and I must say I love it. I feel safer working in Moscow than in some places I worked in Thailand.

"Usually I work for about 10 hours a day and have one day off a week. I like my job very much and like the clients who come to me. I also need money to raise my children. One of them, the boy, is disabled, and I need to pay for a special school for him. All of my salary is sent back home to my family. They need it more than I do here. The firm pays for the rent and food, so I've got nothing to worry about.

"The only thing I'm afraid of in Moscow is riding by metro after work. Once a drunken man approached me and started to ask me, 'How much, how much.' I was very afraid.

"I still have one year left in Moscow, and then I'm going back home. I'm looking forward to having another opportunity to come back here and give massages to Muscovites."

-- Yury Nesterenko