The Suzy Wong bar girls of Hong Kong received some bad news last week when it was announced that United States military authorities are ending the rest and relaxation flights from Vietnam.
GV Hongkong Harbour
LV US Warship outside harbour
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MV US sailors past warship in B/G
GTV Servicemen off plane & across tarmac
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SV Servicemen along Kowloon street (3 shots)
LV Kowloon Street scene PAN UP sign World of Suzy Wong Club'
SV Bar & club signs (7 shots)
CU Man looks at topless bar display (4 shots)
CU Chinese girl
MV Servicemen with local girls (3 shots)
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Background: The Suzy Wong bar girls of Hong Kong received some bad news last week when it was announced that United States military authorities are ending the rest and relaxation flights from Vietnam.
The last flight will touch down in the British colony next Thursday (30 September) signalling an end to the six-year or a which brought more than 250,000 servicemen to the island to pursue pleasures far from the battlefield.
SYNOPSIS: Hong Kong, the British island colony which has been the favourite stop for United States servicemen on rest and relaxation leave from South Vietnam. But with the slowing down of the war and the gradual cutting down of the numbers of American troops in South east Asia,the island's boom days on American dollars are nearly over.
Next Thursday, the last flight of American servicemen will touch down in Hong Kong. The soldiers are going to miss the duty-free shopping, and they are also going to miss the Suzy Wong bar girls. For the girls, it will be a question of finding either another trade, or new customers.
More than a quarter of a million servicemen have visited Hong Kong over the last six years....and it is estimated they have spent more than 170 million dollars on everything from cameras to girls.
Many of the good-time girls have already found new jobs in topless bars in the city. For others, it could be office work, or perhaps complete retirement. Hoteliers and shopkeepers do not expect to be seriously affected by the announcement terminating the servicemen visits. Much of their trade comes from Hong Hong's booming tourist industry. But the girls known that most tourists travel with their wives -- and travelling couples do not often spend money on Suzy Wong girls. For the remaining few days, however, the girls make the best of the situation.