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Phuket Immigration task force busts wedding photographers from China

Phuket Immigration task force busts wedding photographers from China

PHUKET: A team of seven from China working as wedding photographers have been arrested at Kata Noi Beach and the tourist-popular Kathu Temple for illegally working in Thailand.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 10 January 2019, 01:16PM


The arrests were the result of a joint effort by Phuket Immigration police officers along with Phuket Tourist Police and officials from the Phuket Provincial Employment Office, reported Phuket Immigration Chief Col Kathathorn Kumthieng.

The task force split into two teams, with one team making arrests at Wat Kathu and the other team catching the “pre-wedding” photographers in action on Kata Noi Beach yesterday (Jan 9).

All seven had entered Thailand on tourist visas, but were hired to work as a wedding photography team under an employment contract from China, Col Kathathorn explained.

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“Each person had a clearly assigned duty as to who was the photographer, who was the coordinator and even who was the makeup artist,” he said.

The team were caught with an itinerary showing that they were to carry out photo and video shoots at various tourist attractions across Phuket, including Soi Rommanee and Thalang Rd in Phuket Town, as well as at Kamala Beach, Kathu Temple, Chalong Temple, Promthep Cape, Surin Beach and Nai Yang Beach, Col Kathathorn noted.

All seven were taken to the police station nearest to where they were arrested – either Karon Police Station or Kathu Police Station – and charged with working illegally in the country and for breach of the conditions of their permits-to-stay, Col Kathathorn confirmed.

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Jor12 | 12 January 2019 - 13:08:39

If these photographers are engaged by a business in China and work in an individual capacity as an employee; are paid by the employer in China; the employer gains from the employees efforts and their business is outside of thailand there is nothing preventing them from photographing in Thailand, despite the profits accuring outside of Thailand

Jor12 | 11 January 2019 - 21:34:53

Their insurances are covered by their respective employers not Thailand. It's no different to overseas media, or holiday snaps being sold to magazines or posted online.  

DeKaaskopp | 11 January 2019 - 19:44:27

"Chinese photographer,they are the best"Says who? " Thai wedding couples want them" Huh? BTW,why should Thailand allow Chinese to work here without work permit ? Can Thai's do so in China? They are not even a member of ASEAN. Where in Asia are you allowed to work without a work permit ? Singapooore?  But what to expect from one who can talk only negative about Thailand. 

Foot | 10 January 2019 - 19:57:58

It would seem that a Chinese speaking Thai could do very well in this business.

Nasa12 | 10 January 2019 - 17:02:32

After all it is great that you all in Phuket Immigration take "illegal" work but it is necessary and go out in the media for every time the work you are put into on you’r duty on taxpayers money. 

Fascinated | 10 January 2019 - 14:33:01

There are about 8-10 teams working on  a daily basis in Kamala, both on the main street, in front of the school and near the cop shop. They have been a pain in the  backside for nearly a year now. ABout time they were dealt with. funny how they have been untouched for so long- ifs almost as if the Kamala Kops frequent the restaurant that acts as their front!

Kurt | 10 January 2019 - 14:29:03

In Europe (EU) as a photographer/make up artist, you can work freely in 27 countries. Let the best get the jobs. Why not in Asian? It's the future, you can't stop that development.
Thai,  improve, develop yourself!
Blocking things is a stand still, a stand still is a move backwards. Not good for thai.

Kurt | 10 January 2019 - 14:24:15

Of course chinese Photographers, they are the best, better than thai. That is why thai wedding couples want them. It is all about skills and sales.  Only for thai workers? Ok, but than let the thai photographers become as skill ful as the chinese. Open up! Hey, we have Asian now , right? Open up!  Protection doesn't work in the end for thai.  Resisting international doings not work. 

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