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Business owners plan to sue Covid-19 infected women who entered Thailand illegally

Caitlin Ashworth



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Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai business owners are planning to sue the Thai women who crossed the Thai-Myanmar border illegally, evading quarantine and testing positive for Covid-19 shortly after their return. The women worked at entertainment venues in the border town Tachileik. Many confirmed that they worked at the now-infamous 1G1-7 Hotel where a resident claims the women were prostitutes and the virus spread through sexual services.

Northern provinces expected to have a rise in domestic tourists this season after months and months of little to no visitors due to travel restrictions. But with the recent rise in Covid-19 cases, leaking in from the outbreak in Tachileik, people are cancelling their trips and businesses are losing money. Pattaya News says businesses plan to ask for a total compensation of 20 million baht, but that number is subject to change.

Along with angry business owners, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says he’s asked authorities to prosecute the infected women who entered illegally “to the fullest extent of the law” for endangering the public. They could face charges for illegal entry as well as breaking the Communicable Disease Control Act and the Emergency Decree. If guilty, the women could get prison time.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    James Pate

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Thailand must be the most litigious country on earth! From someone suing over a bad hotel review to this!?! Gimme a break!

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      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      The people have every right to sue, reckless endangerment is a crime.

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        preesy chepuce

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

        Yeah, but, the point of sueing is to get some money. Suing people with no money, doesn’t make much sense… it costs you money to do, and they’re only going to go bankrupt, and never pay anything back, so it just looks spiteful.
        All this is is finding scapegoats for sloppy border enforcement, really.
        If a streaker runs on to a football pitch, it’s the stewards you need to focus on, not the streaker.

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        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:45 pm

        They are not suing for money they want these sluts imprisoned. They know they are not going to get 1 penny and anyone whose in Thailand knows if you can’t pay you go into some shitty jail. Good on em

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        James Pate

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:07 am

        Just because a person has a legal right to do something, that doesn’t automatically make it a good idea. Court should be the last resort in a conflict, not the first.

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    Stewart Pearson

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    How can you sue people with no money?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Who says they have no money?

      Unlikly they’ll get anything, but why not? Some may well get something from their insurance as a result as their losses won’t be down to force majeure, so that could be their motivation.

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        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:35 pm

        Insurance? Really John that is the best you have? For poor people insurance is a luxury most can not afford. You honestly think these girls have an insurance policy to their name? Just what type of policy might they have which these business can under? If the businesses wish to sue more power to them, they have that right. But the saying you can’t get blood from a rock comes to mind.

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          preesy chepuce

          Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9:43 pm

          I was giving John the benefit of the doubt, but it’s become increasingly apparent that his specious meanderings are those of a barstool philosopher. When you’re pithed and don’t care, you might nod along, but when you start to pick apart what he’s saying, you begin to realise that he’s a bit of a cross-eyed chin-wobbler. It seems like his Modus Opperandi is to scour the net for news articles, skim read them, form a rapid opinion, and then pontificate on here, like he’s just done a PhD.

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          Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:42 pm

          It’s jail time for them that Thais want to see

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          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:30 am

          Don’t under estimate Thai women’s survival instincts, and poverty, don’t count on it, given the fat cats they were catering to. The business owners are doing it because its their only recourse. Justice can be served in different ways. And it sure sounds like these fly by night spreaders are definitely going to get it.

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          James Pate

          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:04 am

          I think John’s point may be that the businesses have to file suit to be able to collect on their own insurance, not to collect from the careless, infected women. If my assumption is wrong, my apologies.

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        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:38 am

        I very much doubt if the average bar girl has insurance!

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    Fred Johnson

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Thailand=555 what a joke!
    Please give me a break!

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    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    everyone is looking for an opportunity to get free money…good luck…how much money and/or assets you really think she has?..

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    Peter N

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    I very much doubt any committed tourist who presumably jumped through all the hoops and booked/paid for a quarantine hotel, would be put off by a relatively small number of reported infections. If the cost of going to law is anything like it is in the UK, it would be unlikely the offenders had sufficient funds between them, to cover the court costs alone.

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’. Billy was right.

    I agree they should be vilified, prosecuted, named and shamed and held liable, but I don’t think suing them is going to result in one satang for anyone.

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      Peter N

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      I agree. Except for the lawyers of course, they always come out on top

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    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Anyone can sue anybody for anything, anywhere. By suing they’re sending a message.

    Some of the defendants or their families could have a house, car or other assets they don’t want to lose. Assuming they don’t is premature. It sends a message there are both civil and criminal consequences for these types of actions. If I’m not mistaken, Thai’s can be sent to prison for non-payment of amounts owed to victims.

    If I had something to lose, on top of my liberty, I’d pass on breaking the law. If they think there are no consequences then they will.

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    albert zweistein

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Also nothing multiplied by nothing leaves nothing.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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