"Luuk thep" (child angels) dolls are displayed at the Economic Crime Suppression Division after more than a hundred of them were seized in separate raids, in Bangkok on January 26, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT
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A craze in Thailand for pampering lifelike dolls to bring good fortune doesn't seem to have done the trick for some vendors, who Tuesday were raided by police on charges of tax avoidance.Known in Thai as "luuk thep" (child angels), the pricey dolls, which can cost up to $600, were first popularized by celebrities who claimed dressing up and feeding the dolls had brought them professional success. After Thailand's police chief warned this week the fad was going too far, officers on Tuesday confiscated more than 100 dolls and arrested three vendors in Bangkok for allegedly failing to pay import taxes.
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