PHUKET: Detective Nucharee Longkaew, 27, of Phuket City Police Station, recently tasked with the formidable job of interviewing female victims of sex crimes in Phuket Province, is now ready to start her challenging duty.
Despite having received no specialized training for dealing with traumatized women, who may have been violently abused or raped, Capt Nucharee is confident that her police training, character and experience is equal to the task. Another positive being that, as a women, she can empathize with the victims.
As reported previously by the Gazette, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong, informed the honorary consuls at their quarterly meeting, that he had appointed Capt Nucharee to investigate “sensitive” crimes, notably sexual abuse and rape against women.
“The official letter arrived about a month ago, however, as yet there have not been any sensitive cases that require my skills,” Capt Nucharee told the Gazette this week.
“Not only will I investigate rape cases, but also other cases where a victim doesn’t want to speak to a male police officer, such as domestic violence cases,” she said, adding that her remit extends to taking statements from the children of foreigners, a particularly difficult interviewing scenario.
However, in her new role she will only assist in such cases, not actually take over the role of lead investigator.
“I will only be interviewing the victims. Other aspects of the investigation, including the collection of evidence, remains the remit of the relevant police station’s investigating officers,” she said.
As with most policing agencies worldwide, there is a set procedure for crossing inter- departmental boundaries. The Phuket police are no different.
“Officers from police districts outside of Phuket Town will have to contact the Phuket Provincial Police chief, who will send a letter authorizing me to interview the victim.
“According to the regulations, I have to get the order from the commander before I can investigate cases in other jurisdictions,” said Capt Nucharee.
In reality the process will be much shorter. “A request for my involvement is likely to come by telephone. Cdr Pekad believes that the necessity of a formal letter before I can react is a waste of time. A formal letter requesting assistance can be a retrospective action.
“Also, if the incident occurs within the Muang Police District, no authority is needed,” she said.
Should a woman want to report a crime, but is reluctant to talk in front of male officers, she can request to speak with Capt Nucharee.
“The investigating officer will contact Cdr Pekad directly, who will task me to attend the investigation,” she said.
Capt Nucharee explained that such interviews are likely to be conducted at the police station where the complaint was lodged.
“However, I’m quite prepared to visit victims in hospital if necessary. Otherwise the victim will be interviewed in a private room with only those officers necessary. They might include another female officer and a translator provided by the prosecutor or a consul.
“I’m glad to help in these cases and now that we have a female officer dedicated to them I want women not to be afraid to report crimes,” she said.
— Atchaa Khamlo
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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