Illegal activities draw tourists to Mong La, Myanmar's Vegas

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Illegal activities draw tourists to Mong La, Myanmar's Vegas
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A monkey sits in a cage outside a restaurant advertising exotic cuisine on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A jade and ivory vendor speaks with a customer at a high end shop on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: Lizards have been placed in a tank of alcohol at an exotic liquor shop on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A used hypodermic needle used to shoot heroin has been discarded on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A prostitute waits for a client at an intersection on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: Chinese men gamble on a card game on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: Two prostitutes use their phones as they wait for clients outside a closed storefront on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A man walks past the entrance to a disused restaurant in the shape of a crocodile that has become popular with drug users on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A monkey sits in a dirty cage surrounded by trash at a zoo on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. The zoo has lost 2 of its 4 elephants, its only snake, and a number of crocodiles in the last few years and it is widely believed that the animals are being sold to local restaurants and merchants. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A pangolin skin is displayed amongst other exotic and illegal animal parts at a stall on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: Elaborately carved elephant tusks are displayed at a shop on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
MONG LA, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: A woman walks through a glitzy mall advertising scantily clad women at a 'spa' on February 17, 2016 in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La, the capital of Myanmar's Special Region No. 4, is a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution. (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)
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Mong La, a town referred to as a "lawless region," lies directly on Myanmar's border with neighboring China and regularly experiences an influx of Chinese tourists looking to take part in illicit recreation. The area is overrun with illegal activities, ranging from prostitution to the sale of poached animals. Mong La is considered to be Myanmar's version of Las Vegas, after rising from a small village several decades ago.

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