Thai Tourist Police release statistics highlighting crackdown on illegal activities
Bangkok, 7 January, 2019 – In line with the policy of Tourism and Sports Minister H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat to ensure maximum security for visitors to Thailand, the Tourist Police Bureau has released statistics of its crime-fighting crackdown including arrests and prosecutions in the January-October 2018 period.
The figures were recently presented to the Minister in a meeting with the head of the Tourist Police.
Since the Minister assumed his post, Tourist Police throughout the country have proceeded to arrest and prosecute the following cases:
- 6,333 cases of unlicensed tour operators
- 26 cases of scams who cheat tourists to buy low quality products and services at high prices
- 12,679 cases of taxi drivers for exploiting passengers and other forms of illegal behaviour; such as, rejecting passengers
- 3,408 cases of taxi drivers reported for refusing to use the meter
- 1,659 cases of taxi drivers who overcharge the fare
- 35 cases of illegal services establishment
- 1,406 cases of drugs in tourist attractions
- 9,533 cases of crimes against tourists
- 161 cases of mafia and “influential persons” who illegally carry weapons in tourist attractions
- 1,581 cases of illegal tour guides
- 390 cases of “sitting” tour guides who let unlicensed foreign guides operate on their behalf