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Old 22nd September 2009, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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M'sia's first 'jail spa'

M'sia's first 'jail spa'


A prison warden takes care of customers at a jail spa on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Beauty therapists at Malaysia's first 'jail spa' quietly tend to their customers under the watchful eye of uniformed wardens. Despite the tight security, the innovative Balinese-decorated spa is doing a brisk trade while giving inmates at the country's biggest women's prison a trade they can turn to after their release. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - AGAINST a backdrop of razor wire and machine guns, beauty therapists at Malaysia's first 'jail spa' quietly tend to their customers under the watchful eye of uniformed wardens.

Despite the tight security, the innovative Balinese-decorated spa is doing a brisk trade while giving inmates at the country's biggest women's prison a trade they can turn to after their release.

Noor Aliza Osman, 45, who was on her second visit to the spa at Kajang Prison., says, 'It is comfortable here, the prices are reasonable and I don't have to wait too long to get my hair done like at other salons,' said the mother of four who was having her hair coloured with henna by 30-year-old prisoner 'Farah'.

With her hair neatly tied back and dressed in a loose green jacket and trousers, Farah looked like any other beauty therapist, apart from the prisoner identification number sewn onto her uniform.

'I am very glad to have this chance and I have regular customers here who have been kind enough to ask me to work for them once I am released, as they have become familiar with me,' she said with a smile.

'This is a very good experience and I have learned useful skills here. I'm considering opening up my own spa if I have enough money when I am freed.' Farah - using an assumed name at the request of prison authorities - is an Indonesian citizen who worked as a waitress before overstaying her visa in Malaysia and being sentenced to one year in jail.

She is among seven prisoners currently working at the spa, who go through four security checkpoints each morning to reach the salon from their cells a few hundred metres away.

Once at the cosy building, where the scent of aromatic oils floats in the air, they are permitted to mingle freely with their customers, chatting and laughing as they work a nine-hour shift under close watch by three wardens.

Only inmates who have not committed serious or violent offences are considered for a position at the spa. Some 60 per cent of the jail's 1,600 inmates are foreigners, many of them Indonesians convicted on immigration charges. -- AFP

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that's the 1st time i've heard of such a spa @ prison

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That's quite impressive.

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can train inmates and earn money
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Can also get a feel of what's life in jail - paradise.

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