In Singapore, ‘Triad Trails’ tours led by ex-offenders uncover Chinatown’s seedy past

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Pointing to a row of shophouses along Singapore’s Pagoda Street leading up to Chinatown MRT Station, a heavily tattooed man tells the group behind him that the shops used to be opium dens in the 19th century.It was a frequent haunt of early Chinese migrants to Singapore, and it is easy to understand why they were hooked on the drug, Bruce Mathieu says: “I first tried weed at the age of 13, and I loved the high.”The 52-year-old, whose father is French and mother is Chinese, is intimately…

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