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  • Child trafficking gang arrested in Phuket

    Patong police have announced the arrest of a child trafficking gang in #Phuket known as the ‘Coconut Water Gang’. The gang, from Nakohn Si Thammarat, was accused of trafficking children by forcing them to roam the streets of Patong selling coconut water. There were four suspects in the case – Wattakarn Aramsee, Khemmika Uppakankaew, Pornthep […]

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    Patong police have announced the arrest of a child trafficking gang in #Phuket known as the ‘Coconut Water Gang’.

    The gang, from Nakohn Si Thammarat, was accused of trafficking children by forcing them to roam the streets of Patong selling coconut water.

    There were four suspects in the case – Wattakarn Aramsee, Khemmika Uppakankaew, Pornthep Uppakankaew and Wachira Poonchuay, who have all been charged with human trafficking.

    On October 28, the Phuket District Chief and his secretary identified a child of 10-13 years old walking into the Muang Phuket District Office selling coconut water.

    The child looked very thin and dirty so they asked the child what happened.

    The child told him that a gang gathered some kids and forced them to sell coconut water and would beat them up sometimes.

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    Manager Online reports that the team of police and Phuket Office of Social Development and Human Security, as well as Phuket Children and Family Shelter investigated the child story before taking the child to the shelter.

    Police also followed up by issuing an arrest warrant.

    The suspects from the arrest warrant reacted to this incident by reporting the case to Damrongtham Center in Nakhon Si Thammarat and held a press conference saying that the officers do not have right to keep the child in their custody.

    They already reported to the Nakhon Si Thammarat police and said that there was no progress.

    They also said they will sue Phuket police as well. Following the matter, PM Gen Prayuth Chan-Ocha and Deputy PM Gen Prawit Wongsuwan urged the department involved from Bangkok to investigate the case.

    Pol Lt Gen Jaruwat Waisaya, chief of the Royal Thai Police’s Office of Legal Affairs and Litigation, said that the children are underage and were used to sell heavy packs of coconut water and coerced to work more than 10 hours per day.

    “They also got abused sometimes. This is unacceptable and we would like to announce that this human trafficking in Phuket must be completely suppressed within few days.

    This gang forced children to roam around selling coconut water from 7am – 1pm and from 1.30pm – 6pm.”

    The price was 40 Baht per pack. The children would hold at least 10 packs of coconut water per person per time.

    Somedays, they can make about 400 Baht and the money would be taken to their families in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

    If the children wanted to spend the money, it would be deducted from their income. When they returned late or didn’t meet the daily target, they would be “punished”.

    Each of them stayed at Saphan Hin village and repeated their routine every day. They made about 6 digits of income for the gang.

    From the investigation, the children said that the coconut water wasn’t real coconut water. It was just water mixed with syrup and sugar.

    There was just a little amount of coconut water in each pack. Also, on November 9, police found four children selling snacks and fruits on the street.

    The first one was brought by the grandmother to sell snacks in front of a bar in Patong, the second one was brought by the mother to sell flowers at a restaurant in Patong, the third one was brought by the father-in-law to sell floral garlands at a BBQ shop in Soi Ta-Iad and the fourth was brought by the sister to sell flowers at a Som Tum shop in Phuket Town.

    There was a 63 year old Cambodian man and a 23 year old woman illegally selling items in Phuket town area as well.mgronline.com



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  • Thai prostitutes on tourist visas arrested in Japan

    Sanook reported that six #Thai women on 15 day tourist visas in #Japan had been arrested for selling sex.  The Thais were part of a bust of a 39 year old Japanese man who was running “massage” services in six places in Aichi, Mie and Gifu prefectures (provinces). The Thai women were aged 20-35 and […]

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    Sanook reported that six #Thai women on 15 day tourist visas in #Japan had been arrested for selling sex. 

    The Thais were part of a bust of a 39 year old Japanese man who was running “massage” services in six places in Aichi, Mie and Gifu prefectures (provinces).

    The Thai women were aged 20-35 and were picked up at the airport and taken to various dwellings where they stayed and engaged in the sex trade.

    The arrests were made after a tip off to police.

    The story was based on a Facebook post by a Thai translator to Japanese.

    Sanook said that both the Thai and Japanese governments have warned that working while on free 15 day tourist visas to Japan can end in prison sentences and fines. – Sanook



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  • Lawyer charged with MURDER after shooting courtroom killer

    Police on Wednesday arrested a paralegal on a charge of fatally shooting a retired deputy police inspector-general who had shot dead two people at Chanthaburi Court in #Thailand on Tuesday. Thanakorn Theerawarodom was taken into custody as he was leaving his room at Kasemsarn Hotel in Chanthaburi province on Wednesday morning. Police had a warrant for […]

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    Police on Wednesday arrested a paralegal on a charge of fatally shooting a retired deputy police inspector-general who had shot dead two people at Chanthaburi Court in #Thailand on Tuesday.

    Thanakorn Theerawarodom was taken into custody as he was leaving his room at Kasemsarn Hotel in Chanthaburi province on Wednesday morning. Police had a warrant for his arrest on a charge of murder.

    Earlier news reports said that a court policeman shot former Pol Maj Gen Thanin Chantratip after he had fired shots that killed two of his adversaries in a long-running lawsuit, in a Chanthaburi courtroom on Tuesday morning.

    Pol Col Krisana Patanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said on Wednesday that surveillance camera footage showed that Mr Thanakorn took the court policeman’s pistol and shot back at the retired police major-general.

    Thanin, 67, used a Glock .22 pistol to shoot prominent lawyer Bancha Porameesanaporn and his wife, and two other lawyers.

    Gun battle leaves THREE dead in Thai courtroom

    Before the shooting, they were all waiting for a hearing in a case related to their family dispute over the  inheritance of 3,800 rai of land in Tha Mai district of Chanthaburi.

    Thanin and Bancha were brothers-in-law, their wives the daughters of the late land owner. Bancha and one of his lawyers died in the courtroom. Thanin died later in hospital.

    Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the Office of the Judiciary, said on Wednesday that surveillance camera footage showed Thanin slipping into the courtroom without being screened for weapons while the court policeman was standing at attention for the morning national anthem played at 8am.



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  • Two arrested after German expat is stabbed and robbed

    Two men have been arrested to answer charges of tying up a 70-year-old German, slashing his arm and robbing him and his wife of two ATM cards at their home in #Phuket, and withdrawing money. Muyaddidi Dorloh, 27, of Narathiwat, and Sofian Arba, 25, of Yala, were caught separately on Tuesday  evening, one in  Phuket […]

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    Two men have been arrested to answer charges of tying up a 70-year-old German, slashing his arm and robbing him and his wife of two ATM cards at their home in #Phuket, and withdrawing money.

    Muyaddidi Dorloh, 27, of Narathiwat, and Sofian Arba, 25, of Yala, were caught separately on Tuesday  evening, one in  Phuket and the other in Satun.

    They were wanted on arrest warrants issued by the Phuket provincial court for colluding in armed robbery and damaging property, Phuket police chief Pol Maj Gen Rungroj Thakornpunyasi said on Wednesday.

    The suspects allegedly broke into a house in tambon Rassada of Phuket on Thursday evening.

    The intruders tied up German national Wilhelm Christian Schrei, 70, with black tape and used a basket to cover his head.

    German ex-pat tied up, beaten and robbed in Phuket

    They were allegedly armed with a machete and a 30 centimetre knife, and inflicted a long cut on his arm.

    When the victim’s Thai wife arrived home, the intruders also detained her. They reportedly robbed the couple of 2,000 baht cash and took their two ATM cards and the PIN codes.

    During interrogation, the suspects allegedly confessed and said they were jobless and needed money. They said they were able to withdraw only 3,000 baht.

    Police said the victims had quickly transferred money to another account after the robbery.

    The duo were handed over to police at Muang Phuket police station for legal action. – Bangkok Post



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  • Another drowning tourist saved in Phuket

    A tourist was rescued after getting into difficulty in the sea off Patong Beach in #Phuket on Wednesday. Pol Sen Sgt Maj Boonyarit Intakarn, who was on duty at the beach, said Lawrence Ho, 50, was on vacation  with his wife. The couple, who are from Hong Kong, were booked to stay at Merlin Beach […]

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    A tourist was rescued after getting into difficulty in the sea off Patong Beach in #Phuket on Wednesday.

    Pol Sen Sgt Maj Boonyarit Intakarn, who was on duty at the beach, said Lawrence Ho, 50, was on vacation  with his wife.

    The couple, who are from Hong Kong, were booked to stay at Merlin Beach Resort from Tuesday to Friday.

    Mr Ho was seen floundering desperately in the sea and was pulled to safety by beach life guards.

    Pol Sen Sgt Maj Boonyarit said he was taken to Patong Hospital where he was recovering.

    Mr Ho was the second Chinese tourist to be saved from drowning in Phuket this week.

    On Tuesday, Dong Xuyan was resuscitated back to life after drowning off Nai Harn beach. – Bangkok Post



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  • 22000 VOLT power line falls on Thai woman

    Woman survives huge electric shock after a falling 22,000-VOLT power line hit her as she crossed street in #Thailand A woman has miraculously survived after a 22,000 Volt electricity cable fell on her as she waited to cross the street. Malinee Weerasuchart, 38, was standing on the pavement when the overhead cable fell and touched […]

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    Woman survives huge electric shock after a falling 22,000-VOLT power line hit her as she crossed street in #Thailand

    A woman has miraculously survived after a 22,000 Volt electricity cable fell on her as she waited to cross the street.

    Malinee Weerasuchart, 38, was standing on the pavement when the overhead cable fell and touched her legs causing a bright flash of sparks.

    CCTV footage from a grocery shop opposite captured the incident in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand.

    Video shows the wire hitting Mrs Weerasuchart’s shoulder before she is pulled backwards and the exposed end falls on her right leg.

    As she is electrocuted and falls to the ground a nearby motorcycle taxi rider drags her away from the wire to safety on the pavement.

    Shortly after this another flash is seen on the footage causing the people on the street to jump and drag Mrs Weerasuchart further from the road.

    Mrs Weerasuchart’s husband, Suriya, revealed details of the incident this week after his wife spent the last two months recovering from severe burns on her leg.

    A bright flash is seen on the CCTV as Mrs Weerasuchart falls to the floor and is electrocuted
    A bright flash is seen on the CCTV as Mrs Weerasuchart falls to the floor and is electrocuted

    He said: ‘My wife was electrocuted very badly. The motorcycle taxis told me that there were sparks coming off of her body.

    Mrs Weerasuchart has had two months of rehabilitation and her family say they have spent 974,315 baht (£25,096) on medical bills.

    They claim that the Thai government’s Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), which is responsible for the cable, has not paid them any compensation.

    Mrs Weerasuchart said: ‘The PEA came to visit me after the accident and promised to pay for the medical bills but two months has passed and I did not receive any repayment.

    ‘My family has used our own money to pay for the medical bills and it has already cost us 974,315 baht (£25,096).’

    Mrs Weerasuchart's family claim they have spent 974,315 baht (£25,096) on medical bills
    Since the incident two months ago Mrs Weerasuchart, and her leg have been recovering and her family say they’ve spent spent 974,315 baht (£25,096) on medical bills

    Speaking today, the PEA regional director Natthawat Akararungruengkul said that the authorities are aware of their mistake and promised to improve the safety of their equipment.

    He said that compensation was taking longer than expected because of the relatively high medical costs.

    He said: ‘We are guilty of the accident that happened and we accept that it was a mistake by our authority, which we have promised to improve.

    ‘We have been negotiating with the family about the medical costs since the accident happened and the family requested 12 million baht (£309,137).

    ‘I brought the issue to the board and it is under investigation, because that much money we cannot just pay out instantly.

    ‘We did not mean to leave the victim to suffer without but we need to go through the correct procedures.’

    The Thai government's Provincial Electricity Authority said they are negotiating compensation for Mrs Weerasuchart after the incident in the street, pictured
    The Thai government’s Provincial Electricity Authority said they are negotiating compensation for Mrs Weerasuchart after the incident in the street, pictured

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  • British expat arrested in Pattaya on child rape charges

    A British pensioner wanted by UK police over child sex crimes has been arrested in #Thailand, where he was living with a young wife and her daughters. Norman Lunt, 80, who alleged raped and sexually abused two girls, was tracked down in the coastal resort of Pattaya. He was living with a Thai wife and […]

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    A British pensioner wanted by UK police over child sex crimes has been arrested in #Thailand, where he was living with a young wife and her daughters.

    Norman Lunt, 80, who alleged raped and sexually abused two girls, was tracked down in the coastal resort of Pattaya.

    He was living with a Thai wife and her children from a previous marriage.

    Police caught up with him yesterday morning, raiding his home and seizing his computer which is said to have contained pornography.

    Norman Lunt was accused of abusing two children for around five years in the UK (Picture: Viral Press)

    Lunt, from Rotherham, is accused of abusing two girls for around five years when they were aged between 11 and 16.

    He left for Thailand after the abuse was reported to police.

    Lunt is facing 11 counts of molestation and serious molestation, and five counts of rape against the two girls.

    (Picture: ViralPress) Norman Lunt shows Thai police officers his computer which is said to have contained pornography (Picture: ViralPress)

    Director-general Paisith Wongmuang said special investigators arrested Lunt after a request from the UK’s National Crime Agency.

    He said the suspect has been detained in custody and will be extradited to the UK to face charges.

    Pattaya is said to be a popular place for elderly Brits to retire. It has a large red light district with bars, strip clubs and massage parlours.

    The National Crime Agency have been approached for a comment.



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  • Thai beauty crowned Miss International 2019

    Sireethorn ‘Bint’ Leearamwat, 23, has been crowned Miss International 2019 at the Japanese global beauty pageant organised by The International Culture Association. She is the first Thai to take home the coveted prize in the pageant’s history. Andrea Toscano of Mexico was first runner-up, with to Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, Alejandra Vengoechea of Colombia, […]

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    Sireethorn ‘Bint’ Leearamwat, 23, has been crowned Miss International 2019 at the Japanese global beauty pageant organised by The International Culture Association.

    She is the first Thai to take home the coveted prize in the pageant’s history.

    Andrea Toscano of Mexico was first runner-up, with to Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, Alejandra Vengoechea of Colombia, and Harriette Lane of the United Kingdom making up the top five.



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  • Stampede for Thailand’s Bt100 TOURISM OFFER

    All the slots on the 100-THB #tourism campaign, where another 10,000 slots were released on November 13, the second day of the sign up period, were all filled within minutes. Those who have yet to seize one of these offers can try again on December 11 and 12 this year. All the slots for the 100-THB […]

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    All the slots on the 100-THB #tourism campaign, where another 10,000 slots were released on November 13, the second day of the sign up period, were all filled within minutes.

    Those who have yet to seize one of these offers can try again on December 11 and 12 this year.

    All the slots for the 100-THB Thailand tourism offer released in the morning of November 13 were filled by 6:05 a.m.

    A survey shows that the campaign is receiving good feedback from the public, resulting in the #100เดียวเที่ยวทั่วไทย (100 THB tour across Thailand) reaching number 1 on Twitter’s top trending topics.

    The 100-THB Thailand tourism packages campaign will allow those who have successfully signed up, to purchase tourism products and services at a discounted price.

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand will offer 40,000 of these packages for sale at only 100 THB each, including plane tickets, hotel stays, restaurant packages, tour bus tickets, rental car packages, spa packages, one day trips, and amusement park tickets across Thailand. – VNA



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  • China’s historic TERRACOTTA WARRIORS march into Bangkok

    The Department of Fine Arts is to put China’s #TerracottaWarriors on display at the Sivamok Phiman Throne Hall in the #Bangkok National Museum. An exhibition titled “Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and the Terracotta Warriors” will be held at the museum, starting September 15. The Department of Fine Arts, and Chinese officials […]

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    The Department of Fine Arts is to put China’s #TerracottaWarriors on display at the Sivamok Phiman Throne Hall in the #Bangkok National Museum.

    An exhibition titled “Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and the Terracotta Warriors” will be held at the museum, starting September 15.

    The Department of Fine Arts, and Chinese officials have unboxed terracotta warriors from China and they will be on display at the Bangkok National Museum in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok.

    The exhibition will also feature a collection of 133 relics that are over 2,200 years old.

    Visitors will see four life-sized terracotta warriors, one chariot and 86 relics found in a mausoleum in China.


    The exhibition will be divided into zones, such as the period before the unification of China in 221 BC; the Qin dynasty and the Han dynasty.

    Furthermore, visitors will learn more about China’s ancient engineering skills and technology.

    The Bangkok National Museum will stage the “Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and the Terracotta Warriors” exhibition for three months, from September 15 to December 15.



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