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Phuket plans to tackle drug use among youths, prostitution

PHUKET: Officials at Phuket Provincial Hall are setting in motion plans to tackle rising concerns over increasing drug use by teens across the island, and have tabled the idea of taking steps to “prevent and combat prostitution”.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 12:38PM

Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung presided over 2018’s first protection committee and job development meeting, which discussed action plans to ‘prevent and combat prostitution’. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung presided over 2018’s first protection committee and job development meeting, which discussed action plans to ‘prevent and combat prostitution’. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Jan 29) officially launched a one-day youth anti-drug education event at the Tapao Yai community building in Wichit, with 1,000 students taking part.

The event targeted students in drug “risk groups”, and students who tested positive for drugs in random urine checks at schools, with the aim of preventing drug problems among youths by educating them about the dangers of narcotics and drug use.

In the morning, 500 students from schools under the Secondary Educational Service Area Office 14 attended the program, and in the afternoon another 500 students from Phuket Vocational College took part.

The project was organised by the Phuket Centre for Drug Prevention and Suppression and attended by Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Sakchai Kunanawatchaidej, Prison Director Somkhit Khammang, Wichit Mayor Kreeta Chotiwitpipat, program trainer Dr Pongsak Tangkana, relevant organisations and students.

“In accordance with the 2018 campaign ‘Pracharat Ruamjai’ (citizens together in heart), the government has the objective to reduce drug problems,” Mr Sakchai said.

“Drug-prevention measures include keeping youths safe from narcotics and pro-actively protecting children and teenagers who tested positive in random drug tests,” he said.

“According to drug-monitoring information, there has been an increase in drug use among teenagers in Phuket over the past year,” Mr Sakchai added.

Of note, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen last year gave an early warning over concerns of how more young users may be lured into using drugs in light of the huge fall in the street price of narcotics – and of crystal meth (ya ice) in particular. (See story here.)

Meanwhile at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday, Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung presided over 2018’s first protection committee and job development meeting, which discussed action plans to “prevent and combat prostitution”.

The meeting, also attended by relevant government agencies, aimed to prepare action plans to prevent and solve the problem of prostitution in the province through preventative measures, such as brothel and risk area checks, social organisation plans, plans to strengthen the youth council, and plans to drive the tasks of volunteers and civil society, Vice Governor Prakob said.

“Inspections carried out in the year 2017 found no offences,” V/Gov Prakob noted, speaking on official action on venues believed to be supporting prostitution.

“For the preparation of prevention plans to deal with prostitution in Phuket in from 2018 to 2021, Phuket has drawn up plans covering these areas: protection, assistance, law enforcement and policy development,” he added.

“These plans are designed to cover all aspects to prevent further offences in Phuket,” he said.

However, details of what action – if any – officials will be taking to counter prostitution on the island remained unexplained.



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Winfield | 01 February 2018 - 10:06:37

All they have to do is arrest 1 tourist for paying for sex services, and this goes viral on the internet, and the sex tourists will stop coming. So they can stop prostitution very very easily.

Kurt | 31 January 2018 - 13:34:59

Prevent and combat Phuket prostitution?
Who is the Vice-Governor bringing for that to realize on Phuket?

BenPendejo | 31 January 2018 - 11:10:02

Funny statement about prostitution...“Inspections carried out in the year 2017 found no offences”. Such a stupid claim, but that is what you get in a corrupt society where prostitution thrives more than anywhere on the planet, and police and gov't officials are fully involved.  Is there anyone in Thai government that has any degree of integrity? From the top brass to the bottom, I think no...

Sir Burr | 31 January 2018 - 07:16:11

Anyone remember a few years back the ringing of the bell to announce that Phuket was "drug-free"?

Same as the announcement that Patong now has potable water.
Both fairy-tales and wishful thinking.

Joh | 30 January 2018 - 20:35:09

A good start would be to check more on places known locally as where people buy their stuff. That could be places selling alcohol at night time, where local police are not able to find any evidence of illegal night business.

Foot | 30 January 2018 - 17:06:43

The "War on Drugs" by the U.S. over the last 30+ years has been a colossal failure that cost billions of dollars, jailed millions of, otherwise, innocent people, and created huge criminal empires.
Is it time to ask what would be the result of legalizing all drugs?
Is it also time to legalized prostitution, too.
Like with alcohol, the U.S. proved prohibition of things people want, does...

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