19-years-old, was born in Myanmar (Burma) and belongs to the
Akha minority. His parents were amphetamine and opium addicts.
They forced the boy to beg for money everyday in Maesai in
order to support his parents drug addiction. Lugi bagan
begging when he was 10-years-old. If he came back to Myanmar
without money, his father would physically abuse him.
a while he left his family and stayed in the streets of Maesai.
He lived with a group of more than 20 children, trying to
make a living by begging tourists for money. At around this
time they got to know Kru (Teacher) Ngaow, who came to the
border bridge everyday.
day the police caught Lugi for stealing from a shop in Maesai.
He was sent to jail for one month. During his time in Maesai
prison he made connections with the adult inmates who had
drug related convistions.
after his release, he walked to Myanmar to meet with a drug
dealer and smuggle amphetamines back into Thailand. He hid
the drugs in his shoes and began walking back to Thailand.
He was ordered to meet with another drug lord on the Thai
side in order to hand over the drugs get paid for his smuggling
he crossed the border, just three hours after he left the
prison, the Thai police searched him with dogs, who found
the drugs in his shoes. Lugi was returned to the Maesai
jail. After his court case he was sentened to 9 months in
the Chiang Rai (Provincial Capital) Prison.
his second release he returned to Maesai and visited his parents
in Burma. Soon after began staying with Childlife, where he
has been ever since.