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Chon Buri centre for abused and trafficked children struggles amid Covid crisis

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Thailand, like much of Southeast Asia, has long wrestled with human trafficking issues. According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2016, vulnerable “persons are trafficked into Thailand for forced labor or sexual exploitation and Thai nationals are trafficked abroad for the same reasons.”

Among the most vulnerable are children. Pisorn Noja, director of the Centre for Human Trafficking in Children and Abused Children in the Chon Buri area (Baan Kruja), spoke with Thai media about the severe negative impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the centre, resulting in vastly reduced support from the overall community. He told the press that due to government policy, at this time people who would normally be travelling to donate and support to the centre are not allowed to enter and see the work they do, leading to significantly less donation revenue and overall support.

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Noja says that because the centre is closed out of fear of infection and the spread of Covid-19, the children are confined indoors and aren’t allowed to go participate in the various activities usually organised for them, like various training and classes to promote their self development. He says Baan Kruja was growing vegetables and teaching the children how to farm, which was helping offset any current problems with the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

He is appealing for donations of rice, dry food and second hand clothes and money.  saying that although people won’t be allowed to enter the centre or interact with the children, that staff can be called to collect all donations during the current crisis.

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There are 42 children, the vast majority having come from abusive homes and bad situations, currently living at the centre. The centre currently has funds for the remaining semester, but is gravely concerned about the future due to the impact Covid-19 has had on the community at large.

Chon Buri centre for abused and trafficked children struggles amid Covid crisis | News by The Thaiger

The centre was founded in 2008 and has been helping abused and trafficked children for 13 years now. It still has regular donations and support from various individuals and groups, but due to the crisis a shortfall in the usual support is trying to ensure that the community as a whole knows who they are and remembers those who especially need help during the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis.

Donations can be made in person at the Baan Kruja center, located at Village 7 in the Nong Prue Subdistrict, Banglamung, Chonburi province.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News | STVPattaya

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Bangkok hospitals use baby face shields, US health officials say it could be dangerous

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While Bangkok hospitals say they are protecting newborn babies from the coronavirus with baby-sized face shields, health authorities in the US disagree with the move, and even claim it could be dangerous.

The US Centre of Disease Control says an infant face shield could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome as well as suffocation or strangulation.

Since infants and newborns often toss and turn in bed, the nose and mouth could become blocked by the face shield and suffocate, according to a CDC report on the matter.

“Parts of the shield can also get caught around the neck and cause them to suffocate.”

They say that there is no data supporting the use of infant face shields for protection against the coronavirus.

SOURCE: US Centre of Disease Control

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Pattaya’s beaches are still a ‘no go’ area this month

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Don’t go to Pattaya’s beaches unless you’re willing go to jail or pay a hefty fine. Starting tomorrow, the city’s beaches will be closed until the end of May in an effort to prevent socialising and to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Pattaya’s police posted photos on Facebook of the taped-off beaches and warning signs.

“Those who try to access the beach could face a year in jail or an up to 100,000 baht fine. People and tourists are prohibited from gathering in the areas between 9am and 9pm during the three-week period.”

However, people are still allowed to walk and exercise on the sidewalks adjacent to the beaches. The closed beach areas include… Pattaya beach, Jomtien beach, Phra Thamnak beach, Cosy beach, Wong Amat beach, Krathing Rai beach, Lan Phor Na Kluea public park and the Bali Hai pier area.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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10 arrested in Chon Buri for house party in violation of Emergency Decree

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Police in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip subdistrict, south of Pattaya, raided a party last night at a house with 10 people, most of them from out of town and described as domestic tourists. The gathering was a direct violation of the Emergency Decree enacted to stop the spread of Covid-19

Na Jomtien police were notified by a “concerned citizen” that there was a noisy party at a house in a housing estate at 9:30pm. They arrived at the house, knocked on the door and were greeted by 37 year old Paruehat Tampanon, who said he’s renting the house for several days, and that he and his friends were staying there for 2 days.

Na Jomtien police discovered 9 other people inside the house, 2 of whom tested positive for illegal drugs, police say, without naming the specific drugs. Many bottles of alcoholic and other beverages were found.

Paruehat claimed he did not know that Chon Buri still has strict social distancing measure in place and bans private parties. He also claimed all 10 people know each other and live with each other so there was be no threat of spreading the virus.

The owner of the house, 35 year old Piyanuch Ignatov, was charged with illegally operating a hotel and disobeying a Chon Buri order. (Rentals of fewer than 30 days are technically not allowed under Thai law.)

All those arrested face stiff Emergency Decree penalties, which means fines of up to 100,000 baht and/or up to 2 years in jail.

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | Naew Na

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