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Eight-Year-Old Girl Muay Thai Boxers In Thailand Are A Thing

This is terrifying for so many reasons.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE UNDERGROUND CHILDREN MUAY THAI BOXING CIRCUITS IN THAILAND?! WHAT THE HELL?!

OK, sorry for screaming, but this is insane. A new documentary called Buffalo Girls goes inside the world of child blood sport by following two 8-year-old girls who compete in Muay Thai matches as a way of earning money for their families. This underground circuit apparently has upwards of 30,000 participants, many of whom (OBVIOUSLY!) endure serious injuries. Now Thailand is a poor country, and these families are struggling for money, but some things seem to cross the line of "Oh, it's just a different culture" acceptability. Adults surrounding a ring, waving money as two children beat the shit out of each other is DEFINITELY one of those things.

Watch the trailer here:

vimeo.com

Buffalo Girls opens next week in New York (Nov. 14 at the IFC Center), Dec. 1 in L.A., and then will tour around the country, so check BuffaloGirlsTheMovie.com for listings.

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