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French nationals busted at Bangkok call centre

By THE NATION

 

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Ten French citizens were arrested in Bangkok on Wednesday (January 8), accused of working illegally at an international call centre.

 

Immigration Police chief Lt-General Sompong Chingduang said on Thursday that officers acting on a tip had a court-authorised search warrant to enter the building on Soi Thong Lor 25 in Wattana district, a four-storey house modified for office work.

 

Police found laptop computers and signal transmission devices for communicating with overseas clients.

 

They arrested seven men and three women, all French nationals, Sompong said.

 

Nine of them had tourist visas and were charged with working without a permit.

 

The 10th had a work visa, but for an occupation unrelated to computers or online business. That person was charged with working outside an authorised field.

 

Sompong quoted the suspects as saying they’d been working in Thailand for about a month, dealing with clients mainly in France and Belgium.

 

“They told their clients they were agents for a Singaporean company that facilitated money transfers and taxation services,” he said. “They usually worked afternoons and early evenings to align with office hours in Europe.”

 

Source: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1101699-bb-codes/

 

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Hmmmhhh, are we going the hear more stories like that one in the coming months? Exit the digital nomads?

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59 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

Please think a little before you post next time. Now you can explain what in this news have to do with digital nomads?

Easy enough: they were providing services, from Thailand, for clients based overseas, without incurring any taxation locally. Hope that's enough for someone that's so clever. Neither did they any any permit to do such work in Thailand.

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3 hours ago, thequietman said:

So now, it seems clear that the previous announcement that you could work in other fields when you have a WP are nonsense. This is clearly not a job reserved for Thais due to the language needed to do it, so why couldn't this guy do the work.

 

We are told one thing and then find it is not the case! 

You are right, obviously, because you know thai law better than them, like pretty much everyone on here.

 

Cops don't know Thai laws, why would they? If they would, they wouldn't break it all the time.

They also have no say in this, i would expect 80% of this forum at least knows more about thai law than the average Thai cop - quite sure  the ga or judge will tell them to <deleted> off on that one.

 

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However, and very significantly, Section 37 of Decree No. 2 repealed Sections 70, 71, 72 and 73 of Decree No. 1. Furthermore, Section 28 of Decree No. 2 provides that a work permit holder may engage in any work that is not specifically prohibited to all foreigners on the “Official List” of work prohibited to foreigners. The Official List outlines, the limited number of activities for which a foreigner cannot obtain work permission for in any case. (The current Official List is the same as was last issued under the Act. However, the Official List is being revised and we detail such in part three of this series once the revision is complete.)

https://duensingkippen.com/thailandbusinesslawblog/?p=270

 

 

That's also why i wouldn't care much about interpretion of laws by immigration police etc; that guy won't get into trouble, the other 9 will be deported imo.

 

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8 hours ago, Momofarang said:

Hmmmhhh, are we going the hear more stories like that one in the coming months? Exit the digital nomads?

I am sure there will be many cases, just because it looks suspicious to the authorities.  Room full of different laptops, tablets, go pro cams, logs of video posts, money transfer actions on the person's pc.  I think it is very likely to trigger the working in Thailand limitation issue and bring that to the forefront.

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