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Phuket task force arrests four foreigners for working illegally

PHUKET: An elite unit of officials tasked with arresting foreigners found working illegally in Phuket arrested four foreigners yesterday (July 27).

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Darawan Naknakhon

Thursday 28 July 2016, 01:29PM

Two of the men were arrested leading a tour at Chalong Pier, while the other two were caught working as “pre-wedding” photographers in Phuket Town.

Phuket Labour Office Chief Suthipong Saisakares, who heads the task force, reported that 24-year-old Myanmar national Kun Put and Saingyong Saechen, 24, were arrested at Chalong Pier.

“They were arrested after officials checked Chalong Pier area at 11:30am and found them leading a tour group,” said Mr Suthipong.

Kun Put was allegedly working illegally as a tour guide and working without a permit for tour company Freedom Phuket Co Ltd, Mr Suthipong said.

Saingyong was working for Bing Diving, Mr Suthipong said, but officials reportedly were unable to confirm his nationality.

“Officers spotted Kun Put leading a tour group down the pier. He was holding a company flag and giving a tour to the group. Officers approached the two (Kun Put and Saingyong) and asked to see identification and work permits, which they did not have,” Mr Suthipong said

“We found 33 ‘pieces of snorkel parts’ (sic) in Siangyong’s bag, which he said was for his tour group,” Mr Suthipong added.

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Also yesterday, the task force arrested Chinese nationals Zheng Hongrong, 26, and Wen Yong, 29, in Phuket Town.

“Phuket Damrongdhama Centre (Provincial Ombudsman’s Office) received a call from local residents reporting that two foreign photographers were taking pre-wedding pictures in tourist attraction areas and causing a public nuisance,” Mr Suthipong said.

“So we sent another team to investigate, and they found Wen taking a photo shoot of a couple on Thalang Rd,” he said.

“Another Chinese photographer, Zheng, was arrested on Yaowarat Rd while he was shooting pre-wedding photos of a couple sitting in a tuk-tuk,” he added.

Kun Put and Saingyong taken to Chalong Police Station to be charged with working illegally as a tour guide and working in Thailand without a permit, said Mr Suthipong.

Zheng and Wen were taken to Phuket City Police Station to be charged with working in Thailand without a permit, he added.

No mention was made of what happened to the tourists at Chalong Pier who were left without their tour guides, or whether any investigation was ensuing into whether or not Siangyong was able to prove that he had entered the country legally.



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Ed Sanders | 30 July 2016 - 10:05:38

The OrBorTor in Kamala is very "influential" and that is why every rule and law does not apply here, and illegal activity just flies in the face of everyone.  I am willing to bet that NOWHERE has as many Chinese wedding shoots than this place...every day.

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Joe12 | 29 July 2016 - 20:39:48

What are you people on about? Payments to Police? What for? Police have got nothing to do with it. Constitutionally Police are only tasked to handle criminal and traffic matters. Still haven't got a clue what you are talking about Kurt. 

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Kurt | 29 July 2016 - 09:02:40

@ Peter Top, At least 20 foreign photographers in a small town as Kamala is?
Wow, than for sure they are on 'speaking terms' with the local law enforcement officials, and have their protection.

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Kurt | 29 July 2016 - 05:10:05

An elite task force? For arresting a few 'harmless' photographers?
Is this serious?

Why is this elite task force not arresting the 60 thai criminals who last October destroyed Thalang police station and destroyed many police cars, and still walk freely,  making long noses to the boys in brown?

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ERICDEKEGEL | 29 July 2016 - 05:01:36

Good job,they should check more chinese companies,they treat the chinese tourists as buffalos. I pay and have my workpermit but know many foreigners without.I know even a chinese foto shooting company who pay a police station every month!They charge the chinese 80 to 90.000 baht,a rip off.I am in the hospitality and refuse the groups since this week in my hotel as I not admid how the tours are treating there customers.

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Kurt | 29 July 2016 - 01:37:01

I miss a photo parade with the owners of the tour company who did illegally employed illegal foreign staff. 
Why are these company owners/directors not arrested?
If the thai tour company  Freedom Phuket Co Ltd respects the thai labour laws and not employ illegal workers, then there would not such problem.
Here again a simple example of thai employers who create 'job steeling' of thai people.
So, what is the 'elite task force' going to do about that?

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jim1953 | 28 July 2016 - 19:37:12

I should be very interested to know how it can be possible to see 4-5 wedding shooting every day in Kamala beach , with chinese staff , without a stop from Kamala police interference ? 

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simon01 | 28 July 2016 - 18:29:52

Good Job.

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Peter Top | 28 July 2016 - 14:08:11

Chineese photographer - in Kamala we have at least 20 of them 

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Rorii | 28 July 2016 - 13:51:12

They needed a "task force" to capture these highly dangerous, elusive, criminals! Holy sh#t Batman, Phuket is so much safer.

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