Thai Tourist Police release statistics highlighting crackdown on illegal activities

thai-tourist-police-release-statistics-highlighting-crackdown-on-illegal-activities 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

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