Chinese tourists caught running restaurant

Chinese tourists caught running restaurant

The restaurant in Bangkok's Huai Khwang district illegally operated by three Chinese men who entered Thailand as tourists. (Photo: Chaoshan Ocha Facebook page)
The restaurant in Bangkok's Huai Khwang district illegally operated by three Chinese men who entered Thailand as tourists. (Photo: Chaoshan Ocha Facebook page)

Three Chinese who entered the country as tourists have been arrested for illegally operating a restaurant in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang district.

Immigration police inspected the Chinese restaurant Chao Wei on Rama IX Road in the Bang Kapi area of Huai Khwang early on Tuesday. They found three Chinese men were illegally operating the restaurant and had hired compatriots and other illegal migrants to work there.

When police arrived, one of the three Chinese men, identified only as Yang, was preparing accounts and the two others - Chin, 38 and Chen, 31 – were cooking in the kitchen. 

The immigration database showed the three men had entered the country as tourists. They were detained on charges of working without work permits, put on an immigration blacklist and will be deported.

The arrests came after police received information that Chinese tourists had illegally opened a Chinese restaurant in a Bangkok downtown area.

Earlier, the Department of Business Development warned that Thai citizens who were acting as nominees for Chinese-owned businesses along Yaowarat Road were liable to up to three years in prison and/or fine up to one million baht.

Vocabulary

  • blacklist: a list of the names of people, companies, products or countries that an organization or a government considers unacceptable and that must be avoided - บัญชีดำ, รายชื่อผู้ที่รัฐบาลไม่ยอมรับหรือต้องถูกหลีกเลี่ยง
  • compatriots: people who are from the same country as you are - คนชาติเดียวกัน
  • deport: to send someone out of a country, usually because they do not have a legal right to be there - เนรเทศออกจากประเทศ, ส่งตัวกลับประเทศ
  • detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
  • immigration police: the police agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country - สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • migrants (noun): people who travel to another place or country in order to find work - ผู้อพยพ, คนงานต่างถิ่น
  • nominee: a legal arrangement whereby investments are held by a a person or company on behalf of the real owner - ผู้รับถือหุ้นให้บุคคลอื่นที่ไม่ต้องการจะเปิดเผยตัวตน
  • work permit (noun): the official permission for a foreigner to work in a country - ใบอนุญาตทำงาน
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