Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle and the drug dealers who ruled its narcotics trade laid bare in HBO’s Traffickers

“The Mekong massacre,” says journalist Jeff Howe, “was one of the largest killings of Chinese nationals outside China since World War II.”And it was this slaying of 13 sailors aboard two cargo vessels on the morning of October 5, 2011, that reawakened the world to a notoriously criminal region, the Golden Triangle, and brought into public view Myanmar’s elusive freshwater pirate, Naw Kham.Referred to as “a narco-state”, the area covers roughly 950,000 sq km (370,000 square miles) that…


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