Private jets and Louis Vuitton handbags. Almost a million amphetamine pills. Millions of dollars vanished and pornographic photos on computers and mobile phones. They are not the follies, or the crimes, of a band of drug traffickers or people smugglers. These are just some of the murky affairs of dozens of Thai Buddhist monks who have come to light in just a few years and who have scandalized much of the country’s society.

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