Koh Phangan foreigners arrested for working illegally

Tourist police pose with the Russian woman, seated, who was arrested on Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, on Wednesday. (Photo: police)
Tourist police pose with the Russian woman, seated, who was arrested on Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, on Wednesday. (Photo: police)

Several foreigners were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly operating a daycare facility and a wakeboarding service centre on Koh Phangan.

Tourist police reported that a 26-year-old Russian woman and a Myanmar woman, 18, were arrested at a house while receiving foreign children for daycare.

The Russian woman admitted to police that she had worked at the facility for three months and was staying in the country on a tourist visa. The Myanmar woman said she had been working there as a helper for over a year. Both women said they were employed by a Belarusian woman, whom the police are currently tracking down.

Police also raided Back & Forth Wake Park, which offers wakeboarding services on the southern tourist island. A Russian man was arrested for illegally operating the shop, which opened in December last year. He was also in the country on a tourist visa.

During the raid, the Russian was found hiring a Ukrainian man and a Moldovan man to build restrooms at the facility.

The four foreigners were charged with illegal employment, except for the Myanmar woman, who was charged with failing to report her employment and workplace.

Vocabulary

  • care for: to look after somebody who is sick, very old, very young, etc. - ดูแล
  • charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
  • employment (noun): when a person has work that earns them money - การจ้างงาน, การงาน
  • facility: a building used for a particular purpose - สิ่งก่อสร้าง
  • raid: to forcefully and suddenly enter a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs - ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
  • track down (verb): to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย
  • visa: an official document or mark in your passport that allows you to enter or leave a country for a specific purpose or period of time - วีซ่า, เอกสารอนุมัติที่ประทับตราบนหนังสือเดินทาง
  • wakeboarding (noun): the sport of riding on a short wide board called a wakeboard while being pulled along through the water by a fast boat -
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