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Thai paradise gains reputation as 'Death Island'

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The New York Times: At least nine European tourists have died or disappeared on Koh Tao since 2014.

By Richard C. Paddock, Muktita Suhartono © 2018 The New York Times

Promoters call the Thai island of Koh Tao a paradise. Dive resorts boast of its crystal-clear waters, and Western tourists flock to its lively beach bars.

But among some foreigners, Koh Tao has taken on a more sinister reputation. At least nine European tourists have died or disappeared there since 2014. British tabloids began calling it Death Island.

Now, the claim of a 19-year-old British tourist that she was raped on Koh Tao in June has again focused attention on the island’s troubled history and called into question police handling of serious crimes against tourists.

You can read the full version of this story in English on SBS News here.

Source The New York Times, Getty Images