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Officials to round up 4,600 street beggars in Bangkok for rehabilitation, deportation

BANGKOK: The government is moving forward with its mandate to sweep up more than 4,600 street beggars from the streets of Bangkok, 37 per cent of whom are reportedly foreigners.

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Sunday 24 July 2016, 09:46AM

According to a report by the National News Bureau of Thailand, Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that the move is part of a bid to combat human trafficking, in accordance with the Beggar Control Act of 2016, which was passed into law by the National Legislative Assembly in March.

The law is poised to become effective 90 days after being published in the Royal Gazette.

A total of 4,618 beggars have been found on the streets, 2,927 of whom are Thais with the rest being foreigners, Sansern said.

He did not comment on the nationalities of the foreign beggars, but explained that all Thai beggars are being sent to homeless shelters to undergo rehabilitation, which he said include vocational training programs.

However, he added that non-Thai beggars are being processed to be deported to their home countries.

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The spokesman added that the government has adopted the 3Ps Principle, namely Policy, Protection and Prevention, in determining a plan for controlling beggars in 2016.

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has been instructed to strictly and continuously implement the plan.

Penalties for traffickers and those seeking to benefit from begging amount to a maximum of three years in prison and a maximum of B30,000 fine.

Members of the public are advised to immediately notify the authorities of any street begging or obvious homelessness via the Hotline 1300, around the clock.



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Kurt | 25 July 2016 - 09:45:31

Yes Christy Sweet, true, same as these poor girls selling flower strings at traffic lights.
They also a easy target of the government. So cheap skin.

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Christy Sweet | 25 July 2016 - 07:22:46

Kurt, Any handler (boss) or traffickers will face those fines. Regardless, historically this is the first group to be rounded up when a societal purge is impending.

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Kurt | 24 July 2016 - 12:56:23

So? From 2 it has to be 1.
Are the thai beggars now go to homeless shelters for rehabilitation or do they go to prison ( up to 3 years)?
And how is a beggar going to pay a fine of max B30,000?
Anyone who understands it?

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samhayman | 24 July 2016 - 10:59:07

I see this guy at the airport everyday. He's got cases on a trolley but looks like he hasn't showered or washed for a long time.

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