News/THAILAND: IMMIGRATION - NEW CONTROL TO FIGHT THE FLESH TRADE.

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Subject: News/THAILAND: IMMIGRATION - NEW CONTROL TO FIGHT THE FLESH TRADE.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Jan 23 2000 - 20:30:09 EST


20Jan00 THAILAND: IMMIGRATION - NEW CONTROL TO FIGHT THE FLESH TRADE.
BANGKOK POST (MAIN SECTION)
Sirikul Bunnag
The Education Ministry and the Immigration Bureau are to tighten up on
granting student visas to foreigners in a bid to stem the growing trend of
foreign women working in the sex industry here.
Deputy Education Minister Vichai Tansiri said representatives of the
Immigration Police Bureau and the Private Education Commission (PEC) had
discussed how to deal with human smuggling gangs' sending foreign women
holding student visas to Thailand to work in the flesh trade.
Under the Immigration Police Bureau's new measures, the minimum value of
financial statements declared by foreigners wanting to enrol their children
at international schools in Thailand will be 800,000 baht instead of
200,000 baht.
Meanwhile, the PEC will be stricter with student visa requests from
foreigners who hold tourist visas and apply for language courses in
Thailand.
Mr Vichai said the ministry will invite representatives of concerned
agencies and several popular language schools for consultations within two
weeks to push for the government's review of its policy to attract
foreigners to study in Thailand.
Those concerned include the Foreign Affairs and University Affairs
ministries, the Export Promotion Department, the Immigration Police Bureau,
the Religious Affairs Department and the PEC.
The deputy education minister suggested that foreigners wanting to study
here request a student visa before coming to Thailand, while those seeking
to have their visas changed into student visas must be carefully screened.
BANGKOK POST 20/01/2000


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