More foreigners rounded up for visa offences

More foreigners rounded up for visa offences

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, talks with some of foreign suspects caught following coordinated raids on 83 locations across the country early Friday. (Photo supplied by Pol Cpl Soragarn Sangsai of the Tourist Police Bureau)
Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, talks with some of foreign suspects caught following coordinated raids on 83 locations across the country early Friday. (Photo supplied by Pol Cpl Soragarn Sangsai of the Tourist Police Bureau)

Police arrested 107 foreigners for visa offences and illegal entry during coordinated raids at 83 locations across the country early on Friday. Three Thais were also held for other offences.

The raids targeted locations in Bangkok and other provinces frequented by foreigners -- 30 schools (two international schools, four language schools, 24 secondary schools) and 53 other places. 

A total of 110 people were detained, three of them Thais, said Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau.

Eleven of the suspects (5 from Myanmar, 1 each from Vietnam, Cambodia, Nigeria, Russia, Germany and England) were charged with overstaying their visas, and 92 (59 from Myanmar, 11 from Laos, 9 from Cambodia, 5 from India, 3 from Vietnam, one each from Malaysia, China, Nigeria, the United States and Sweden) were charged with illegal entry.

The seven others (3 from Thailand, 2 from Myanmar and one each from the Philippines and India) were charged with other offences, Pol Maj Gen Surachate said.

The raids were the 15th phase of the on-going crackdown, dubbed X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner, targeting foreign who entered the country to commit transnational crime and other crime that affects national security and Thailand's tourist image - such as romance scammers, credit card fraud and trading in illicit drugs. The operations also target foreigners overstaying their visas 

Officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, the Patrol and Special Operation Division, the Tourist Police Bureau, the Central Investigation Bureau, the Immigration Office and Bang Rak police station were involved in the  raids, Pol Maj Gen Surachate said.

To date,  a total of 1,517 foreign suspects have been caught at 3,799 locations across the country.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate said the problem of foreigners entering the country illegally and overstaying their visas has gradually improved.

He asked operators of restaurants and other businesses in tourist attractions to alert authorities if they notice foreigners overstaying their visas or committing offences. They can call the tourist police Hotline 1155 around the clock.

Some of the 107 foreign nationals caught in the most recent raids aimed at foreign criminals and visa offenders are addressed by  Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, as operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner continued, early on Friday. (Photo supplied by Pol Cpl Soragarn Sangsai of the Tourist Police Bureau)


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