Connect with us

Phuket

Girls saved in Phuket, safely back in France

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The two French girls who spent eight months on the streets of Phuket are now back in France, where they are undergoing evaluation by social workers.

The girls, 12-year-old Manel and her sister Chaima, 11, have been reunited with their paternal grandmother and are now in the care of French social services.

Meanwhile, the Gazette has been informed of the important role played by two Belgian men in securing the girls’ return to France.

One of the Belgians, who asked that his name be withheld, was at the Patong Police Station on November 18 for a drunk-driving offense when he met the father of the girls in a holding cell.

The father gave the Belgian his mother’s number and asked him to call her and inform her of the girls’ situation.

Back in Belgium, the man called the grandmother, and one of his own relatives living in the Nai Harn area, to ask for assistance.

Chaima was living in a Patong guesthouse, while the more independent Manel divided her time between Kamala in the day and Soi Bangla by night.

The grandmother wired the Belgian 20,000 baht to pay for unpaid hotel bills in order to get back the passports of the two girls, which were being withheld in lieu of payment.

He turned this money over to French Consul Pierre Blondel, who worked with Tourist Police to get the passports back. Chaima, her passport recovered, flew out in early December with the consent of her father, who signed a consent form from a Bangkok Prison.

Manel was finally spotted on Soi Crocodile by Tourist Police Volunteers on the night of December 8 and flown home a few days later. Both flights were courtesy of the French government.

The grandmother told the Belgians that she was furious with her son for squandering an inheritance of almost a million baht during his eight-month stay in Phuket and for neglecting his daughters.

The grandmother said she had no intention of sending him any more money. At last report he was still in a Bangkok prison cell, unable to come up with the funds to pay the court-ordered fine for his drug conviction.

“The mother won’t pay his return fare to Europe or anything else, so he could be in Thailand for a long time,” the Belgian said.

— Stephen Fein

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Transport2 hours ago

Phuket Airport officials pulled tourist from van, insisted they use airport taxi

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand’s strange laws – 10 strange laws in Thailand

Politics3 hours ago

The long goodbye – Which way now for PM Prayut?

Sponsored1 day ago

10 Best Seed Banks that Ship Cannabis Seeds Discreetly to You (Free US Shipping)

Pattaya4 hours ago

Pattaya Police Chief cleared of vice slurs, back on duty

Tourism4 hours ago

Reopening Thailand has a busy activity schedule

Tourism4 hours ago

Today is the day! Full post-pandemic Thailand reopening

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Pollution6 hours ago

Garbage in canals is worsening flooding in Bangkok

Weather7 hours ago

Hurricane Ian lashes South Carolina

Tourism7 hours ago

5-star squatters evicted from Layan Beach

Video8 hours ago

All you need to know about Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival

Protests8 hours ago

Anti-Prayut rallies expected across Bangkok

What you get for $X23 hours ago

What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Activists plan protests all across Thailand

Thailand1 day ago

Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand

Weather1 day ago

Storm Noru weakens from typhoon to depression as it moves across Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending