News/THAILAND: POLICE TO TARGET CHINESE.

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Subject: News/THAILAND: POLICE TO TARGET CHINESE.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sat Nov 20 1999 - 20:54:59 EST


Does anybody know what happend? What happened with the women who were
stuffed in the car? Were they victims of trafficking?

melanie

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11-11-99 THAILAND: POLICE TO TARGET CHINESE.
Illegal aliens blamed for surge in crime
Wassayos Ngarmkham
People from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are the main target of a city-wide
crackdown on illegal immigrants to be launched tomorrow.
The operation will focus at illegal immigrants and those who shelter them
or help them in other ways, said Pol Maj-Gen Jongrak Chuthanond, deputy
city police chief.
Owners of rented property who knowingly accommodate illegal immigrants
could face five years imprisonment and/or a 50,000 baht fine while illegal
immigrants could be jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to 20,000
baht and deported.
Hotel operators who fail to notify authorities within 24 hours of the
presence of illegal aliens face fines of 2,000 baht to 20,000.
Pol Maj-Gen Jongrak attributed the presence of a large number of illegal
immigrants in Bangkok for a rise in crime by foreigners against foreigners
and local people.
On Oct 15, three Hong Kong Chinese were shot dead in a taxi in a gangland
style attack on the Don Muang Tollway. The fourth man, also a Hong Kong
Chinese, who was in the same taxi escaped unhurt and his whereabouts
remains a mystery.
On Oct 23, the body of a woman was found stuffed in a black plastic bag in
Phra Khanong district and two more bodies of women, also stuffed in black
plastic bags, were found a week later in Soi Nana. Police initially
suspected the three women might have been Chinese illegal immigrants killed
by a human smuggling gang.
Pol Lt-Gen Wannarat Kocharak, the city police chief, also attributed a rise
in violent crime to the large presence of illegal immigrants.
He said that the crackdown would be carried out continuously, with the
first phase to last a week after which there would be a review of the
result before the launch of a second round.
BANGKOK POST 11/11/1999

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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