Pattaya Police launched an intense crackdown on street beggars last night following numerous complaints from tourists and residents. 14 migrants, 9 of whom were 2-6 year old children, were arrested.
The operation, which was launched around 8:30 PM yesterday, February 27th, was led by the deputy commander of Chonburi Provincial Police Pol. Col. Patikorn Sornchai. A large troop of police officers and officials from the Social Development and Human Security Office scattered around the city to look for street beggars.
Col. Patikorn disclosed to The Pattaya News that he had received several complaints regarding a group of migrant people soliciting for money and illegally selling flowers, boiled beans, and candies on the street. These beggars had greatly tarnished the dignified reputation of Pattaya City, the deputy commander commented.
At the end of the crackdown, 14 migrants were arrested. It was found that five of them were women while nine of them were young children aged between 2-6 years old. The suspected beggars claimed that the kids were their children, but the authorities were still skeptical about it and none had identification.
The suspects were taken to the Pattaya police station. They will then be transfered to the Sri Racha police station for positive identification. Afterwards, Pattaya Police said the migrants will be deported back to their country for working illegally and likely no proper visa. The suspect’s nationalities have not been disclosed to the press.
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