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Woman arrested for allegedly running illegal fashion braces business

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police arrested a 30 year old woman for allegedly selling and fitting fashion teeth braces. Officers say they seized more than 600 fashion braces and dental tools from the woman’s home in Nakhon Pathom, a province west of Bangkok.

Natsuda Sriwichian ran the business out of room at the Salaya Eua Arthorn apartments in the Sam Phran district, according to officers from the Consumer Protection Police Division who were investigating the case. She sold the braces on Facebook under the page “Yim Sayam” and also offered a fitting service.

A police officer posed as a customer and wrote a post on the Facebook page about making a purchase. The officer was told to go to the woman’s apartment. When the officer arrived and entered the apartment, he saw the woman had dental tools used for fitting the braces.

The woman was arrested for allegedly selling the illegal braces. Police searched the apartment and say they found more than 600 fashion teeth braces and dental tools. Police say the woman admitted to selling the braces and offering a fitting service.

Teeth braces have become a fashion trend in Thailand and are perceived as a symbol of wealth, but fake braces are known to contain toxic metal, such as cadmium, as well as mercury, arsenic and lead. Earlier this year, Thailand’s Department of Medical Services posted a warning about the “dangerous trend,” saying the toxic chemicals from fashion braces can be absorbed in the body and cause mouth bleeding, ulcers and other infections. Some cases relating to the toxic braces are reported to be fatal.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Shock Horror.
    I am sure every one knew the tiny risks of buying this product but the greedy Thai police swoop in to make an arrest and collect big fines than never are paid in, in total.
    What is this women supposed to do to earn money? No customers complained!!!
    Thai police make me sick.
    Scum !!!!!
    What next B5000 fine for dropping litter?

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 9, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Uninformed and beyond stupid, as usual.

    Fake braces frequently lead to serious dental problems at best and at worst have poisoned and killed kids, including in Thailand.

    Corruption is endemic in the Thai police at all levels and they’re generally disliked and distrusted, but dismissing the seriousness of this type of offence because of that is simply moronic.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

    You may think you are the big expert on Thailand, but I do not see evidence of it.
    Your main input is to dispute posts and air your supposed wisdom.
    Would you like to produce some figures which can be proved?
    Or do you just write your garbage based on your opinions?
    Customers know the risks and are willing to take them. They do not need the nanny state and some keyboard warrior up in Isan telling them what to buy.
    You are so clever are you? Even your nickname is spelt wrong. It is Isan, not Issan, you uniformed, beyond stupid, MORON !!!

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    Perceville Smithers

    Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    So those colorful braces I always see on the young ladies are just fashionable and not real braces? You don’t say!

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      Issan Joihn

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Not all, Percy, but many are. A lot more dangerous than people think – at least a couple of Thai kids have died from them in the lsat couple of years according to reports of the autopsies.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 9, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    There has never been a conclusive case of death by wearing these braces Perceville.
    Two deaths are reported to be linked to wearing these braces, but it is not determined that wearing the braces caused the deaths.
    I have search but have found no cases of them causing dental problems.
    Yet this self appointed expert on Thailand, and all matters Thai, posts immediately calling me uninformed and beyond stupid as usual, then describes me as moronic.
    How does he know more about the subject than me? He does not. He just bases his great wisdom on the media.
    He calls himself Issan John, which is to persuade people he is an expat and an expert on Thailand.
    He hovers over his keyboard waiting to pounce on some post and declare it wrong, and then insults the writer. I suppose he thinks this will impress posters. Well I’m not impressed.

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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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