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17 year old reports to Chon Buri police that she was molested and raped

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A 17 year old girl is safe after a potentially dangerous situation ended well thanks to her intuition to call a relative. The teenager ‘met’ a man online and they had been talking on the Line application for many months. But their two versions of events are not quite the same…

According to her report to police, the man invited her to enjoy the New Year countdown with him at Bang Saen Beach in Chon Buri. Cut to new years eve when Chonburi Police received a notification of a girl that was “lured and molested in a Black Toyota Yaris with a Bangkok license plates”.

Police discovered that the car was on the highway heading to Bangkok. Traffic police were informed of the situation and to look out for the vehicle. Soon after police came across the teenager waiting on the side of the motorway.

Police report that she was found “standing in fear”. She told police that she had been talking to the man online and that she lived in Nakhon Nayok Province and the man lives in Bang Na, Bangkok. He’d invited her to the new year countdown on Bang Saen Beach in Chon Buri and she agreed to join. He drove to Nakhon Nayok, north east of Bangkok, to pick her up and promised her that they would return home after the countdown.

When it came time to take her home the man told her that his legs were aching and drove into a hotel. According to the girl’s statement, they checked into a room and he started molesting her and attempted to rape her. She told police she fought back and demanded he take her home. Then while on the road back to Nakhon Nayok he started molesting her again in the car. The girl asked him to park on the side of the road, she jumped out of the car and called police and relatives for help.

Meanwhile, Tonatat, 27 years old and originally from Samut Prakan, claims that he lives in Bang Na. He provided a slightly different version of the story from the teenager.

He says he discovered the girl on an online dating app and they started talking. The girl told him to come to pick her up in Nakhon Nayok. When he arrived he told her that he was only 20 years old. He says they drove together to Bang Saen Beach and watched the countdown. Then while they were on the way back home his legs started to hurt so he decided to drive into a hotel to rest for a while. Tonatat stated that they only hugged on the bed, “just like normal girls and boys”.

Then he says he noted the girl was chatting on her phone to another man and realised that she had a boyfriend. This made him decide to drive her back to her home. He claims he didn’t know that she was only 17 years old.

After relating his story to emergency responders, police have invited him to come in for an interview at the police station. The victim’s parents have also been called in along with related officials for the case.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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4 years until tourism industry gets back to pre-pandemic levels – Finance Ministry

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It could take 4 years for Thailand’s tourism industry to recover after being battered by the lack of travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s reaction and the economic fallout, according to the Finance Ministry.

While local and international experts project Thailand’s economy will continue to recover over the next 2 years, the tourism industry, which directly contributes 12-15% of the country’s GDP, is forecasted to take at least 4 years to get back to the pre-pandemic level, if ever. Last year, Thailand had nearly 40 million foreign tourist arrivals, generating 2 trillion baht.

Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith says he expects 8 million foreign tourists to arrive in 2021, followed by 16 million in 2022, 32 million in 2023 and 40 million in 2024. But the projections are just broad speculation.

No foreign tourists entered the country between April and September this year. In October, 1,201 foreign tourists were issued Special Tourist Visas for 90 day stays that can be renewed twice, adding up to about 9 months in total. Under the current arrangements there will only be a trickle of tourists coming under the current regime including 14 day quarantine, at the tourist’s expense, and lots of paperwork and red tape.

IF Thailand does end up. with 8 million foreign tourist arrivals next year, and the cash subsidy scheme is extended, the country’s GDP is expected to expand by 4% to 4.5%, according to the National Economic and Social Development Council.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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20 more people suspected of being involved in corruption at Thai Airways

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20 people are suspected of corruption and mismanagement within the national airline that led to massive losses for Thai Airways International. The news, announced by police and deputy head of the commission investigating the airline, Saroj Nimaroen, comes as little surprise to anyone who has been following the demise of Thailand’s legacy airline over the past decade. The airline is tackling a debt of around 300 billion baht.

The story follows many other tales of corruption and bad deals that have been part of a larger puzzle that is now being unraveled by accounts and committees who are handling the airlines’ bankruptcy. You can read other stories about alleged corruption in Thai Airways HERE and HERE and HERE.

So far, 20 people are suspected of corruption in 6 different aspects of the company’s management, according to Saroj. One is excessive overtime pay for the airline’s mechanics department. He says the department disbursed more than 6 million baht to 567 staff members as overtime pay for 1,500 hours per year.

“This will require further investigation into the reason and necessity of disbursing such a large amount as overtime pay.”

The investigation into alleged corruption at the airline started in August. In September, 18 documents showing evidence of corruption and mismanagement at the airline was submitted to the Finance Ministry, which is a major shareholder for Thai Airways.

Along with excessive overtime pay, earlier reports say sellers of discounted tickets at the airline were given incentives based on numbers sold, not on the value of the tickets or any sales deficit. This practice of selling discounted tickets to agents cost the airline billions of baht each year, according to the head of the corruption panel, Komkit Wongsomboon.

Also, the airline’s decision to buy 10 Airbus A340 aircraft for 100 billion baht in 2004 was catastrophic. With the increase in maintenance costs, the airline lost money on all 10 airplanes. All but 1 of them have been decommissioned and stored at the U-Tapao airport.

The investigation panel will meet with the National Anti-Corruption Commission on December 14. Along with providing additional information about the alleged corruption at Thai Airways, Saroj says he will submit a list of people suspected of being involved in corruption.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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2 infected Thai women took domestic flights after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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2 Thai women, both infected with Covid-19, took domestic flights after entering the Kingdom illegally from Myanmar and bypassing health checks and quarantine. It’s understood that a total of 10 Thai women have now crossed illegally from Myanmar, without undergoing any health checks or carrying out mandatory quarantine. All 10 have tested positive for Covid-19, with several having worked in the same hotel and entertainment establishment in the Burmese border town of Tachileik.

Nation Thailand reports that a 21 year old woman and her friend travelled to Myanmar between November 17 and 27. Both then both crossed back into Thailand at a natural border in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, in the early hours of November 28, avoiding health checks. At the time, both were experiencing symptoms that included a fever, runny nose, and cough.

They checked into a hotel and later that day, booked a Grab taxi to Chiang Rai airport. The 21 year old woman flew to Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, while the second took a flight to the neighbouring province of Phitsanulok. Some media reports say the woman who flew to Bangkok was not wearing her mask properly during a taxi journey to her condo in the suburb of Udomsuk. When she reported her symptoms at a clinic the following day, in the company of her boyfriend, she was told to go to hospital. She subsequently tested positive at a private hospital in the Bang Na district of the capital. Her boyfriend is considered high risk.

There is currently no information on her friend who flew to Phitsanulok, whom it’s understood had plans to travel to the neighbouring province of Phichit. Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is pushing to have the women prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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