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Fake passport checks being stepped up as people use Thailand to get into the West

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Fake passport checks being stepped up as people use Thailand to get into the West

 

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TNA reported on their "Khap Khao" news program on the issue of people travelling with fake passports using Thailand to cover their tracks to the West. 

 

Many were coming via Thailand on their way to the US, Canada, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.

 

TNA said that Interpol have stated that 53 million passports have been reported as missing. 

 

Thailand as a travel hub is being increasingly used as a staging post for people holding fake travel documents. 

 

So the authorities in Thailand are being trained to spot the fakes from the real. 

 

As far as Asia goes the majority of people found with fake passports come from the Indian sub-continent with the Middle East a distant second. 

 

A representative of the Division 2 Thai immigration explained that people who come via Thailand and not, say, directly from India have a better chance of being allowed in at their destination wherever that may be. 

 

International agencies are keen to train and encourage the Thais how to stop them in Thailand. 

 

Source: TNA

 
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25 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

How does stopping in Thailand facilitate getting into another country on a fake passport ? You still queue up with everyone else to enter any country. Its not like there is a special desk at the destination were they dont check your passport because you transited through Thailand.

Don't know how good the fakes are but maybe they can even use the automated custom machines? Those will just open if all is right....

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11 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

I still dont get it, So you have a fake passport then risk entering and leaving Thailand on a fake passport, just to get a couple of stamps to legitimise your fake passport. I would imagine if you are in the fake passport business, duplicating a couple of Thai stamps would be easy.

All true but I am only guessing

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34 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

How does stopping in Thailand facilitate getting into another country on a fake passport ? You still queue up with everyone else to enter any country. Its not like there is a special desk at the destination were they dont check your passport because you transited through Thailand.

 

Probably a lot less suspicious and more do-able than flying direct from Iran, N. Korea or Somalia... 

 

But that doesn't explain why the majority are from India...

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this has been going on for at least 20 years and they had different tricks.

i knew a bloke from southampton years ago who ended up here and on his arse.

one thing they did. they would take his passport and make a fake of it.

he said he would check into the flight using his passport, in departures he would have to meet the person to be smuggled (flies in on a transit flight so doesn't enter thailand) and he would give them the boarding pass then he would simply walk(apparently could then and immo paid also) from departures to arrivals and simply join a large queue and enter back in to thailand whilst the other person boards the flight.

apparently easier to get on the plane with crappy fake passport if already through immo and have boarding pass.

idea being that person would then flush their passport in the plane and claim asylum and have no docs on arrival in european country.

another one was smuggling girls to japan to work in 'factories'. hookers basically.

so he would book a weekend away to tokyo with his thai girlfriend, arrive in tokyo, spend a few days there and travel back to thailand alone.

that's what he got caught for, he'd done it a few times and for not a lot of money, 25k a time or something.

he'd done it about 3 times and was on his way out of tokyo and they pulled him up.

Game over, ended up in jail in japan for the next decade, not sure whatever happened to him after that.

imagine all that's much more complicated now.

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4 hours ago, wgdanson said:

Why enter Thailand with a fake passport when you could enter on your genuine one, and then get a fake one done here so easily.

another reason why the want to close Khaosan.

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3 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

I assume you didn't know about the murder part:shock1: and just thought having 6 passports was sort of a eccentric novelty.:cheesy:

I would have thought that you would know that it takes a certain type of falang to live in Thailand for many years.  :cheesy:

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