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Katoey roundup: a police pickup carts off  Patong's unwanted loiterers

Patong Police Pounce: Katoeys in Mass Arrest

Monday, September 6, 2010
PATONG police are warning tourists to beware of ladyboy katoeys. Eleven were arrested last night for minor offences, including loitering.

Lieutenant Nikorn Chootong of Kathu Police Station said the scale of the fines for katoeys accused of nuisance crimes - usually 500 baht - had been reduced to 100 baht now because of ''the economic downturn.''

''If they are arrested often enough, they will stop,'' Lieutenant Nikorn said. Tourists needed to guard their valuables because many of the katoeys are from other parts of Thailand and less honest than locals, he added.

Out-of-towners usually arrive on Phuket in increasing numbers when they hear about cruise ships or US warships arriving.
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and tuk tuk drivers are ok?????

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Posted by michael on September 6, 2010 12:47

Editor Comment:

Feel free to report any illegal act you see to the appropriate authorities. But please don't condemn any particular group out of spite or ignorance, or because it's easy when you're anonymous.

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Fines reduced due to the economic downturn??? Only in Thailand!! Interesting that the katoeys get done for loitering when hundreds of ladies can be seen standing around Bangla just minding their own business and taking in the air every night.

Posted by Mister Ree on September 6, 2010 22:14

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500 baht - had been reduced to 100 baht now because of ''the economic downturn.''
Does that go for farangs hit by the downturn as well? I have never experienced I would get any fines reduced.

Posted by Hockey on September 6, 2010 23:41

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An accurate comparison would require you to put on a dress, hang about outside the bars in Soi Bangla, and see what happened. Hey, you might not even get arrested.

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"..because many of the katoeys are from other parts of Thailand and less honest than locals, he added."

Phuket locals aren't any better than anyone else.

Posted by Ripley on September 7, 2010 09:20


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