28 Jun '11, 9am

Former Thai sex tycoon vies to become lawmaker

BANGKOK (AP) — As the super-pimp who once ran Thailand's biggest brothel empire and then exposed the police kickbacks he had to pay for it to flourish, Chuvit Kamolvisit feels uniquely qualified to lead the country's fight against corruption. And in his quest to win a parliament seat in elections Sunday, the 49-year-old one-time massage parlor king is betting a public tired of divisive, hypocritical leaders will agree. Politicians "are like diapers — you have to change them," Chuvit told The Associated Press in an interview, referring to a campaign poster that features him cradling a toddler. "Otherwise it's too dirty." Chuvit's bid to become a lawmaker is no joke. He first won a national assembly seat back in 2005, only to be disqualified the following year because he had not been a member of his party long enough before the poll. He's also run for Bangkok governor twice,...

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