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  • Uncovered: Trafficking of Thai Teenagers for Elderly Care in China

    A new problem of trafficking Thai teenage girls for elderly care in China has been discussed in the meeting between Thai and Chinese authorities in Kunming, China.

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    KUNMING — A new problem of trafficking Thai teenage girls for elderly care in China has been discussed in the meeting between Thai and Chinese authorities in Kunming, China.

    According to Matichon Online, the Central Investigation Bureau sent Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division police to coordinate with Chinese police in Yunnan Province to address human trafficking and call center gang issues. 

    On June 23, at the Kunming Immigration Office in Yunnan, China, Pol. Maj. Gen. Saruti Khwaengsopha, Commander of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, and 30 related Thai police officers met with Pol. Maj. Gen. Kong Yiping, Deputy Commander of Kunming Immigration Office.

    The meeting included observing immigration work that uses technology to reduce police workload by about 80%. They also met with various units in Kunming to update on transnational crime suppression.

    Previously, Pol. Lt. Gen. Jirapop Phuridej, Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau, ordered anti-trafficking police to coordinate regarding the movement of Thai people into northern Myanmar, which is partly a base for call center gangs causing problems for both Thailand and China.

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    The meeting between Thai and Chinese authorities is taken place in Kunming, China on June 23, 2024.

    Pol. Maj. Gen. Saruti said China doesn’t have specific anti-trafficking laws, but Thai police consuls are working to keep information updated between the two countries. They have tracked 27 Thai human trafficking suspects hiding in China and are cooperating on cases involving prostitution and the use of teenage labor, with many Thai people illegally working in Kunming.

    The use of young Thai female workers is becoming popular among elderly Chinese who hire them for marriage, but some end up abandoned, causing problems that the Thai consulate in Kunming is trying to resolve.

    The meeting also involved discussions with the Lancang-Mekong Integrated Law Enforcement and Security Cooperation Center (LMLECC), which coordinates between China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand in preventing and suppressing transnational crimes in the region.

    Pol. Maj. Gen. Saruti added that last year, over 300 human trafficking cases were arrested, with 50% involving child prostitution, 30% child pornography, and the rest forced labor and begging.

    The cooperation with LMLECC is expected to increase, which is crucial as the Mekong River is often used for human trafficking and call center operations.

    Jiang Shui, Deputy Secretary-General of LMLECC, stated that since its establishment, LMLECC has helped reduce crime significantly. He emphasized the importance of the Mekong River as a trade route and called for Thai officials to join their operations for standardized practices, which would benefit regional economic growth and international trade.

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    23 June 23 2024
    Crime
    https://www.khaosodenglish.com/?p=1464909879
  • Russian’s Unauthorized Motorcycle Classes Halted in Phuket

    Tourist Police in Phuket launched an operation to suppress crimes affecting the tourism industry. They received information from an informant about a foreigner teaching motorcycle riding

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    PHUKET — Tourist Police in Phuket launched an operation to suppress crimes affecting the tourism industry. They received information from an informant about a foreigner teaching motorcycle riding in a large parking area near the old floating market in Kathu Subdistrict, Kathu District, Phuket Province.

    Investigation revealed an Instagram account of Mr. Roman, a 29-year-old Russian national, with a description in Russian that translates to “Motorcycle School, Motorcycle Rental – Phuket” and a contact phone number 063 1XX 45XX. When tourist police surveyed Mr. Roman’s motorcycle training location, they found him teaching a foreign woman how to ride a motorcycle and avoid obstacles.

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    A Russian woman states that she had agreed to pay 2,000 baht for Mr. Roman’s 3-day course.

    On June 23, the arrest team approached both individuals, identifying themselves as police officers. The woman taking the motorcycle lesson stated she was Russian and had agreed to pay 2,000 baht for a 3-day course. She found the service through a Google search and phone contact.

    The officers then arrested Mr. Roman on charges of being a foreigner working without a work permit. He was handed over to the Kathu Police Station for further legal proceedings.

    Evidence collected included social media messages from Instagram and other platforms where numerous previous students had given ratings to Mr. Roman.

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    23 June 23 2024
    Crime
    https://www.khaosodenglish.com/?p=1464909873
  • Shop Staff’s Kindness Leads to Emotional Dog-Owner Reunion

    A heartwarming story about dog lovers helping to find the owner of a lost dog running in the rain searching for its owner's car

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    PHETCHABUN — A heartwarming story about dog lovers helping to find the owner of a lost dog running in the rain searching for its owner’s car has gone viral on social media. This incident occurred in Phetchabun Province, in the lower northern region of Thailand.

    A Facebook user named Puttal On-ta posted a video and message saying, “If anyone abandoned this dog or if it fell from a car, please come pick it up urgently. It’s pitiful – it won’t come under shelter when called, runs after every white car, and sits in the rain waiting for its owner. It looks left and right hopefully.”

     

    The video shows a male Thai breed dog with brown fur, sitting and standing in the rain, looking scared with its tail down, peering out to the road as if waiting for something.

    Later, a Khaosod news reporter met with Puttal, the page owner on June 23. She owns a souvenir shop in Khao Kho, along the Lom Sak-Phitsanulok road, Highway 12, in Camp Son subdistrict, Khao Kho district, Phetchabun province.

    She said the dog had been around her shop for about 4-5 days. During this time, it often rained in Khao Kho area, but the dog would stand in the rain, refusing to take shelter. It looked scared, with its tail down, as if waiting for someone, and would often chase after white cars.

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    People in the area said they saw the dog jump out of a white pickup truck belonging to a lottery ticket seller and couldn’t find its way back. It just stood waiting for its owner. Puttal, her shop staff, and nearby vendors would feed it and try to get it to sleep near the shop.

    After several days, she became attached to and felt sorry for the dog. She took photos and videos to post on Facebook, which were widely shared and commented on.

    On June 22, the dog’s owner contacted her. Shortly after, the owner arrived at her shop. When the dog saw its owner, it jumped excitedly, wagging its tail and running towards her with great joy. Puttal immediately knew this woman was the real owner.

    The owner explained that she had been away on business for seven days. When she returned home and couldn’t find her dog, she searched but couldn’t locate it. She got a tip from neighbors who saw a white pickup truck take the dog away. She finally saw the shared post on Facebook, recognized her dog immediately, and rushed to pick it up.

    Puttal said that when the dog reunited with its owner, her shop staff were so moved they cried tears of joy. They were touched and very happy to have found the dog’s owner. The owner’s house was nearly 10 kilometers away. Puttal thanked the power of social media for helping share the post until the owner saw it.

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    Puttal On-ta, a souvenir shop owner, is happy for the dog.

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    23 June 23 2024
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    https://www.khaosodenglish.com/?p=1464909862
  • Thailand Thanks UAE Sending Key Suspect in $402 Million STARK Fraud Case

    Thai government thanks the UAE officials for extraditing the main suspect, in STARK stock fraud case that affected 4,704 victims and caused 402 million USD

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    BANGKOK — Thai government thanks the UAE officials for extraditing the main suspect, in STARK stock fraud case that affected 4,704 victims and caused 402 million USD in damages.

    On June 23, officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) escorted Chanin Yensudchai, former chairman of Stark Corporation Public Company Limited (STARK), from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the DSI headquarters on Chaeng Watthana Road for questioning. Chanin is a key suspect in the “STARK stock fraud case.”

    The Thai government expressed gratitude to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for extraditing Chanin to face prosecution in Thailand. This is considered a major case, with 4,704 victims and total damages amounting to 14.778 billion baht (approximately $402 million). The DSI has already interviewed 5 accusers and 157 witnesses.

    Chakkrapong Saengmanee, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed that the arrest of Chanin, who is accused of accounting fraud, public fraud, and money laundering involving billions of baht, took over 8 months. The process involved tracking his whereabouts across multiple countries and required delicate handling due to international implications.

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    Chakkrapong Saengmanee, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed the arrest of STARK’s former chairman Chanin Yensudchai at Suvarnabhumi Airport on June 23, 2024.

    It required cooperation from various agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, DSI, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Attorney General’s Office, and UAE authorities.

    “This case will serve as an important lesson for Thailand’s capital market. The SEC will use it to improve transparency and accountability,” Chakkrapong stated. He also disclosed that in initial conversations, Chanin claimed he fled the country due to safety concerns after receiving threats.

    Subsequently, the DSI has pressed 6 major charges against Mr. Chanin, as follows:

    1. Fraud against public property
    2. Violation of the Securities and Exchange Act of Thailand
    3. Forgery and false accounting records
    4. Negligence in the performance of executive duties
    5. Corruption
    6. Money laundering

    These charges represent serious allegations of financial crimes and misconduct in a corporate or financial context.

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    DSI officials escorted STARK’s former chairman Chanin Yensudchai from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the DSI headquarters on Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok, on June 23, 2024.

    Previously, authorities had charged 11 suspects with violations of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1992 for accounting and financial statement fraud, as well as public fraud. They also face charges under the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1999.

    On June 24, the court will consider whether to grant bail to Chanin. Regarding the recovery of funds transferred abroad by the suspects, the DSI has been tasked with handling this aspect of the investigation.

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    23 June 23 2024
    Crime
    https://www.khaosodenglish.com/?p=1464909853
  • French ‘Cult Leader’ Arrested for 3-Month Overstay in Koh Phangan

    Tourist police on Koh Phangan have arrested a French tourist who claimed to be a cult leader and invited other foreign tourists to join his rituals

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    KOH PHANGAN — Tourist police on Koh Phangan have arrested a French tourist who claimed to be a cult leader and invited other foreign tourists to join his rituals. The man had overstayed his legal limit.

    On June 22, tourist police officers on Koh Phangan arrested Mr. Evariste, a 39-year-old French national, at the Baan Tai Malay Mosque in Koh Phangan district, Surat Thani province.

    Previously, authorities received complaints about a foreigner living near the mosque, claiming to be a religious leader participating in rituals and inviting foreign tourists visiting Koh Phangan to join religious ceremonies.

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    An officer escorts Mr. Evariste to his residence and finds that his tourist visa was for 30 days, but he had overstayed by 3 months.

    Officers conducted surveillance and spotted a foreigner matching the description from the complaints. When they approached Mr. Evariste, he appeared nervous. When asked for his passport, he claimed it was at another location where he had set up a tent near the mosque.

    Officers escorted him to the tent and found that his tourist visa was for 30 days, but Mr. Evariste had overstayed by 3 months.

    The authorities charged him with “being a foreigner staying in the Kingdom after permission has expired” (overstaying by 78 days) and transferred him to Koh Phangan Police Station for legal proceedings.

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    23 June 23 2024
    Crime
    https://www.khaosodenglish.com/?p=1464909858