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‘Phuket police will take action if sea gypsy kids continue begging,’ says Rawai Mayor

‘Phuket police will take action if sea gypsy kids continue begging,’ says Rawai Mayor

PHUKET: The Mayor of Rawai, Mr Aroon Solos, has today (June 20) warned that police will intervene if the children of the Rawai sea gypsy village continue to beg from tourists in the area.

By Shela Riva

Tuesday 20 June 2017, 06:26PM

The warning comes after further photos have circulated on social media showing the children begging from people who visit Rawai, especially close to the pier.

Last Friday (June 15), a meeting was held at Phuket Provincial Hall between Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad, the head of the Rawai sea gypsy community and representatives of various educational institutions which concluded on a clamp down on the begging children. (See story here.)

However, yesterday (June 19), just three days after last Friday’s meeting, photos were posted to the Thai language Facebook page ‘Voice of Phuket People: petition, inform, giving opinion about anything in Phuket’ showing a young sea gypsy boy tugging at a woman’s long dress, and in another photo holding a man by the hand as the man tried to walk away.

The user, whose user name translates as ‘Promise cannot believe’ confirmed to The Phuket News that the photos had been taken at 2:34pm yesterday.

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Mayor Aroon responded to the photos, by saying “Right now there will be no arresting of the children, but we will extend an invitation to parents to have a meeting together with the children, police, other sea gypsies and their village headmen.

During the meeting the parents will be told to teach their kids not to this. This is the first approach we will take,” he said.

We’ll do the meeting with the parents and sea gypsy headmen first. Then, if the behaviour persists, then police must be responsible to catch them and train them,” he added.

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CaptainJack | 20 June 2017 - 20:14:49

They'll keep doing it as long as they get money out of it. Take steps to increase tourists awareness. Perhaps some signs warning people not to give to beggars. They'll soon stop if they don't get paid. 

Also, what the kid is doing in the picture is not begging, it looks more like assault. If some urchin started trying to pull my wifes clothes off like that he'd get a swift kicki...

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