Mien woman harvesting opium poppy.

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Artist's Description

A Mien woman scrapes raw opium from slit poppy seed pods in her field in the mountains of northern Thailand. The Mien, along with other hilltribes living in the Golden Triangle, once supplied most of the world’s illicit raw opium. For the mountain people, opium poppy was once their staple cash crop. Since this picture was taken in the early 1980s, poppy cultivation has steadily declined.

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