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Rin checks her makeup while another girl receives makeup from Doi, a transgendered woman, who does the makeup for 12 girls of in section eight of the Violin Karaoke Bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Doi's day job is as staff at M Plus, an NGO providing a health clinic for sexually transmitted infections and a community center for gay, transgendered, and male sex workeres. In the evenings Doi's responsibility is the makeup for the girls of section eight for which she earns 1000 Baht per person per month; at about 12,000 Baht ($370 USD) this job nets her double the average Thai salary. From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or 'bar girls' who make their own arrangements with the customers for a 'date.' Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese.
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