Pattaya police launch crackdown on alleged street begging involving minors

Pattaya —

Pattaya police launched a crackdown on a group of alleged street beggars from Thailand’s neighboring countries who reportedly used minors to solicit money.

A combined team of Pattaya police and city officials screened Tree Town market on Soi Buakhao in Banglamung’s Nongprue subdistrict, Chonburi, around 10 P.M. yesterday, September 13th, following reports from concerned citizens about alleged street beggars who they said used minors to solicit money from tourists.

The team searched the undisclosed nightlife venue and found one Cambodian woman along with one male child there. Police also found a bunch of flowers, which they suspected the woman was peddling to tourists. The Cambodian woman reportedly conceded to illegally crossing the Thai border and coming to Pattaya to look for work.

Then Pattaya police and city officials came across another Cambodian woman who the police said was also soliciting money from tourists. She had three children aged around 2-5 years old with her. Eventually, both women and the children were taken to the Pattaya police station on a police truck bed.

Pattaya police kept records of the two women and children and transferred them to the children and families shelter to await further proceedings. It is unclear what charges will be pressed. It was also not immediately clear if the children were truly related to the women.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.