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Belgian man arrested for working as tour guide

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Chiang Rai:- A Belgian man was arrested while leading a group of tourists to have lunch in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district Saturday.


Pol Lt Pitpatchara Pitchayanan, deputy inspector of Chiang Saen Immigration checkpoint, said Bramewanden Bozer, 30, who carried a Belgian passport with 90-day tourist visa stamp, was charged with working as a tourist guide without a work permit.


The deputy police chief was checking the tourist site in Sanmakhet village in the district when he spotted the Belgian using an amplifier device to talk to a group of tourists like a guide.


Pitpatchara asked to see the work permit but the Belgian could not produce.


Bozer admitted that he was leading a group of 23 Dutch tourists to visit the Golden Triangle in Chiang Saen and were taking them to have lunch when he was arrested. He said he was paying Bt1,000 to B1,300 a day.


But after police charged him with working as a tourist guide without a work permit, Bozer argued that he was not a guide but he simply worked as an interpreter for the guide of the tour group.


He was handed over to the Chiang Saen police station for taking legal actions against him.


Pol Lt Wannachai Sukjaem, another deputy inspector of the Chiang Saen checkpoint, said his checkpoint had received a lot of complaints from Thai tourist guides that several foreign tourists had competed against them for tourist guide jobs.


The Thai guides said the foreigners entered the country as tourists and then applied for jobs at tourist firms.


Wannachai said several foreigners have been arrested – mostly in February – for working illegally as tourist guides.


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Another innocent person arrested?

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Another 'innocent' person arrested?

Only until a court finds him guilty.

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We all know the ''Rules''....

If he wants to make a Living, he should know the proper chanel to go, if not....well ...

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