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Thai Tourist Police beginning crackdown on 200,000 over-stayers

 

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Thailand's Tourist Police Chief led a big raid on a call center operation at a northern Bangkok condominium yesterday.

 

It was as much a raid on people who have overstayed as those involved in crime.

 

Surachet Hakpan along with 191 special branch and immigration officers raided the Ban Suan Thon condo in Ratanathibet, Nonthaburi.

 

In two rooms on the second and first floors they found six Taiwanese men and two Chinese women running call center scams.

 

There were no passports at the premises with those arrested claiming they were extending their visas.

 

Video and communications equipment was taken into evidence.

 

Surachet said that the raid was under ministerial orders to crack down on the estimated 200,000 over-stayers in Thailand but in this case the illegal immigrants were involved in serious crime also.

 

The chief said that 89 arrest warrants were being acted upon to round up over-stayers.

 

Surachet - previously referred to as head of 191 - is now being named in the Thai media as fronting the Tourist Police.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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Ignoring for a moment how people get into overstay, Thailand has itself largely to blame for the amount of long term over stayers. Once someone has gone into overstay, they have no attractive options. Face jail, get blacklisted etc. If they were to offer a short window, no questions asked, amnesty, many people would take the option to leave, either permanently, or long enough to obtain the correct visas. This would be far cheaper and efficient than the current, largely incompetent efforts, that barely scratch the surface of the problem and free the police up to actually target serious criminals. And God knows, there are plenty of them around.

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2 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Ignoring for a moment how people get into overstay, Thailand has itself largely to blame for the amount of long term over stayers. Once someone has gone into overstay, they have no attractive options. Face jail, get blacklisted etc. If they were to offer a short window, no questions asked, amnesty, many people would take the option to leave, either permanently, or long enough to obtain the correct visas. This would be far cheaper and efficient than the current, largely incompetent efforts, that barely scratch the surface of the problem and free the police up to actually target serious criminals. And God knows, there are plenty of them around.

I would suggest a complete rethink on visas and making Thai citizenship more attainable which would take most of the "good guys" out the current bureaucracy so freeing up resources to round up the miscreants.

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2 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Ignoring for a moment how people get into overstay, Thailand has itself largely to blame for the amount of long term over stayers. Once someone has gone into overstay, they have no attractive options. Face jail, get blacklisted etc. If they were to offer a short window, no questions asked, amnesty, many people would take the option to leave, either permanently, or long enough to obtain the correct visas. This would be far cheaper and efficient than the current, largely incompetent efforts, that barely scratch the surface of the problem and free the police up to actually target serious criminals. And God knows, there are plenty of them around.

You are ignoring the fact that Thailand did just as you said.... and yet there are apparently 200,000 overstayers that did not take them up on that opportunity.   I fully expected a widespread operation when they changed the enforcement -- and expected them to start sweeping overstayers up.  Those that were in an overstay situation 18+ months ago that ignored the change -- have no-one to blame but themselves.  Those that overstayed after the new punishments were announced -- had up to 90 days to voluntarily correct it.   Leniency did not solve the problem, so now a less lenient approach is warranted. 

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2 hours ago, NanLaew said:

Can't say I get quite the link between one Chinese boiler room bust in Nonthaburi and an alleged 200,000 overstayers.

The link is that overstayers who have no legitimate source of income and who apparently did not even have enough money to exit and get a tourist visa and re-enter legally... provide a pool of desperate people that can then recruited for illegal activities etc.

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2 hours ago, overherebc said:

I am sure they would. Get out clause for less cost than a fine and a ticket home after a while in IDC !!

Would just encourage overstay.

They had a grace period before the current law came into effect. They were given a few months warning.

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Tourist police, hmmmmm. Considering they are virtually invisible ( so few of them ), it'll be interesting to see how they do on 200,000 suspects.

I just hope it doesn't lead to pavement checkpoints in Chiang Mai looking at my passport every time I go outside.

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