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PATONG: A mother from Isan has been reunited with her daughter after three terrifying years during which the girl was kidnapped by a gang and set to work begging on the streets of Patong. Three years ago, Huad Sooksaeng, 34, from Buri Rum, decided to come to work in Phuket. She left her four-year-old daughter, Kesorn, in the care of a sister in Khon Kaen. Soon after, the child was playing outside the sister’s home when a van stopped and the occupants kidnapped the child. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, superintendent of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette today that K. Huad, who works in a bar in Patong, was walking along Soi Bangla on Thursday with a friend when they saw a girl and two boys begging at the entrance of Soi Andaman Queen. The girl looked like her daughter, so K. Huad checked for birthmarks on the child’s left side, head and finger. Having ensured that the girl was indeed her daughter, she started to walk away with her. A member of the gang controlling the child beggars attempted to drag the girl away from K. Huad, but was unsuccessful. The mother went straight to the police. The police subsequently arrested five Khmer men living in a house in Soi Roong Bam Bat Nam Sia, off Phra Baramee Rd. They later tracked down and arrested the head of the gang, a woman known as “Too”, at a house on Soi Phra Baramee 5. Through a translator, the gang members confessed that they had stolen children from Isarn and put them to work begging. The income was good, they explained. They also confessed that the children were beaten to make them look more pitiable. In some cases, they admitted, they fed the children ya bah, an illicit drug, to keep them awake during the long hours on the street. Eventually, the children’s faces would become familiar to passers by and their income would decline. When this happened, they would be sold to similar gangs in other provinces, or exchanged for fresh faces. Investigators managed to rescue one boy aged about six. He appeared to be under the influence of ya bah and was incomprehensible. He was taken to Patong Hospital for treatment. Anyone wondering whether the boy might be a missing relative is urged to contact Kathu Police Station on 342719/20, ext 400.



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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