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Update: Inside Bangkok’s HIDDEN HELL

Inside Bangkok’s violent secret slums hidden away from tourists where tattooed locals live in drug-ravaged hell

A BRIT photographer has uncovered Bangkok’s seedy underbelly – where tattooed locals live in drug-ravaged slums.

Sam Gregg set out to find the real people of Bangkok’s notorious Klong Toey slum before it gets razed by the government.

 Sam Gregg chronicled life for the heavily-tattooed locals
Sam Gregg chronicled life for the heavily-tattooed locals – Credit: Sam Gregg
 A father poses with his new born child in the Klong Toey slum
A father poses with his newborn child in the Klong Toey slum – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Many locals have prison tattoos
Many locals have prison tattoos – Credit: Sam Gregg
 The slum is set to be demolished in 2022
The slum is set to be demolished in 2022 – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Yap is a former inmate of Bang Kwang - one of Thailand's most notorious prisons
Yap is a former inmate of Bang Kwang – one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons – Credit: Sam Gregg
 He was given 20 years for dealing meth
He was given 20 years for dealing meth – Credit: Sam Gregg
 He says his tattoos are a memento of his time behind bars
He says his tattoos are a memento of his time behind bars – Credit: Sam Gregg

His gritty pictures show kids playing in filth and heavily tattooed ex-cons smoking under neon lights.

The pictures – shot largely in 2015 – also show sex workers posing in red-light districts and creepy abandoned buildings.

The Neon Dreams series focuses on how people from the poorer northeast of Thailand come to Bangkok allured by the bright neon lights of the city.

It was done to capture what will be lost when the area is gentrified in 2022.

 The area is riddled with crime and violence
The area is riddled with crime and violence – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Sex workers pose in the world-famous slum
Sex workers pose in the world-famous slum – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Gangsters run the area
Gangsters run the area – Credit: Sam Gregg
 The photos were largely shot in 2015
The photos were largely shot in 2015 – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Many locals are forced into sex work by the grinding poverty
Many locals are forced into sex work by the grinding poverty – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Several of the residents come from the impoverished North East
Several of the residents come from the impoverished North East – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Tattoos are done in seedy back alleys
Tattoos are done in seedy back alleys – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Many of the local homeless sleep with knives
Many of the local homeless sleep with knives – Credit: Sam Gregg
 The area has been neglected for decades
The area has been neglected for decades – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Kids in the area don't have many prospects
Kids in the area don’t have many prospects – Credit: Sam Gregg
 Even the monks have their vices
Even the monks have their vices – Credit: Sam Gregg