Thai police plan raid on Nigerian community
London, August 10, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Thailand Tourist Police have revealed they plan to visit 1,400 Nigerians living in the country next week, to make sure that they are not involved in any criminal activities.
The deputy tourist police chief Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal made this known on Friday, reports Thai’s The Nation.
The tourist police also encouraged their citizens to reports foreigners they suspect of being engaged in criminal activities.
Thailand has a relatively high crime rate compared to other countries in Asia. Thais are generally law-abiding people but there is a lot of drug abuse in the country, and going hand in hand with that are thefts and petty crime, and on occasion some serious crimes.
Organized crime and a variety of unsavory characters are involved in the gambling and sex industries. Snatch and run thieves on motorscooters operate in Bangkok, Phuket and other places.
By some estimates, the underground economy of drugs, gambling, prostitution, protection and human trafficking is a third of the size of the legitimate economy.
Northeast Thailand has a long tradition of gangsters and thugs enforcing the will of corrupt politicians and businessmen.
Pirating and counterfeiting are problems in Thailand. Fake diplomas and the like are available. Looted objects are sold at antique shops. Thailand was one of 11 nations on a U.S. copyright watch list in 2010