Happy Birthday HRH Princess Chulabhorn
Bureau of the Royal Household)
Born on July 4, 1957, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn is the
youngest child of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit
HRH Princess Chulabhorn has two daughters, Their Royal
Highnesses Princess Siribhachudhabhorn and Princess Adityadornkitikhun.
Her Royal Highness graduated from the Faculty of Science
and Arts at Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Organic Chemistry, First Class Honors, in 1979. Her Royal Highness completed
her doctorate work in organic chemistry in 1985, and received her Doctor of
Philosophy Degree from Mahidol University in July of the same year, and has
a supreme record of academic achievement.
She undertook postdoctoral studies in Germany in 1987 and
has since been a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Germany, and
the United States of America. She holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from no
fewer than nine universities around the world. In 1986, she was appointed as
an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London and was
awarded the Einstein Gold Medal of UNESCO.
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn is chairperson of
the Working Group on the Chemistry of Natural Products collaborative program
between the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the National
Research Council of Thailand.
HRH Princess Chulabhorn has received international
recognition for her scientific accomplishments, in her appointment to
various United Nations posts, namely special advisor to the United Nations
Environment Program and member of the Special High-Level Council for the
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction of the United Nations.
As a result of her experience as a scientist Princess
Chulabhorn became aware of the difficulties Thai researchers have in
obtaining the necessary funding for their research. In 1987, she established
the Chulabhorn Research Institute to provide a new fundraising agency.
This institute now acts as a focal point for the exchange
of intellectual and other resources in Thailand for the purpose of solving
urgent problems confronting the country in areas of health, environment, and
As president of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, the Princess currently
directs five special research projects; the AIDS program, a program on
restoration and integrated development of the flood-affected areas in
Southern Thailand, seawater irrigation for cultivation of economic marine
species and preservation of mangrove, the rabies eradication program and a
special project for accelerated immunization in five southern provinces in
Thailand. Through these programs the Princess plays an auspicious role in
improving the environment and living standard of the villagers in a number
of Thai provinces.
All 17 drug gang members targeted during Drug Suppression Phase 3 arrested
5,800 criminals arrested since Oct - is anyone left?
On July 4 at Provincial Police Bureau Region 5
headquarters, the results of Phase 3 of the War on Drugs operations of
the joint united forces of the provincial police constabulary and
soldiers from the Pha Muang Task Force were announced.
Lt. Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, Commissioner of the Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5, and Pol. Maj. Gen. Wutti Wititanon, deputy
commissioner present money, weapons and drugs evidence at a press
conference announcing the results of the War on Drugs, Phase 3.
Phase 3 from April 1 - June 30 resulted in the
confiscation of drug dealers’ assets totaling 61,462,096 baht. All of
the 17 drug gang members targeted were arrested.
Through these arrests the forces were able to expand
investigations and arrested 132 drug dealers. In summary, since October
2004, 5,801 drug criminals have been caught, 6,983 suspects, amphetamines
2,680,562 pills, heroin 65,512 grams, opium 50,179 grams and dry cannabis
26,603 grams have been confiscated.
Pol. Lt. Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, Commissioner of the
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 said, “Major drug networks are
Taiwanese and these groups use similar methods to carry out their crimes.
One group of Taiwanese rents an apartment in Bangkok and another group in
Tachilek province in Burma carries out other businesses as a cover. They
also coordinate between the buyers and the Burmese heroin or ice dealers,
deliver the drugs to Taiwanese nationals in Mae Sai and Mae Chan in
Chiang Rai to be sent on further to Taiwan. Thai nationals are also
involved. These networks do not carry large quantities of drugs and they
implement numerous ways to conceal them, like swallowing them or carrying
them in the rectum.
Traffic police lectured about behavior
In the wake of the recent murders of motorists and the
suicide of the traffic policeman, Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na
Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, felt it
prudent to call 200 traffic policemen from 152 stations in the eight
northern provinces to a meeting about their behavior.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya instructs traffic police to control their
The commissioner said that they would have to work among
many vehicles, facing hot weather conditions and impolite people, so
officers should learn to control themselves and not to react violently but
should instruct offenders politely about traffic rules instead of always
writing a ticket.
He added that it was unexpected situations in which an officer could not
control himself that led to the tragedies.
Big Brother will watch your SIM card
Customers to register before December 31, 2005
Udom Pinyo, head of Chiang Mai Statistic Office, revealed
that after the cabinet’s decision to register cell phone users, about
150,000 consumers who had bought cell phones after May 10 participated well
in the registration, and some private companies had already recorded the
is time for SIM card cell phone customers to register.
Cell phones bought before May 10, 2005, can be registered
before December 31, 2005. Information would be kept in companies’
information systems, but anyone who did not register before the said time
would be cut off and would only be allowed to use it after registering.
Government officials could register at their own offices, and both Thais
and foreigner could register at Public Water Offices, Electricity Offices,
CAT Telecom, TOT Corporation, district offices, sub-district offices, Tambon
Administration Organization (TAO), municipality and phone shops. The
registration process required ID cards or passports.
Royal Project Foundation expands into Omkoi
The Royal Project Foundation has for the past 36
years proceeded to develop agriculture in the mountainous northern
region and are now running 36 projects. These projects enable hill
tribes to lead better lives and to have a permanent place to farm
following the King’s decree. Recently, the foundation has expanded
its projects to Omkoi, Chiang Mai.
Tambon Sobkhong in Omkoi, Chiang Mai is a bountiful
hill area and water flows throughout the year — but there is no
damming and most areas where plants grow are on slopes, and the soil is
not conserved, and improper growing methods cause low quality products.
Consequently, HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president
of the Royal Project Foundation, led a team from the Office of Highland
Agricultural Extension, Land Development Regional Office 6 and Sobkhong
TAO to set up a water and soil conservation system and to train
villagers in correct agriculture practices.
Chiang Mai governor fixes prices for another 90 days
The price of goods and services will remain fixed for
another 90 days, said Fuengfah Tulathamakul, head of the Office of Internal
Fuengfah said that Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, as
a chairman of the Goods and Services committees, had signed a notice to
extend the 90 day period of price fixing from July 1 to September 30 and
would punish businessmen who did not follow the rule. This is to protect
consumers during the period of high fuel costs.
She affirmed that, after checking prices in stores and
markets in the city of Chiang Mai (altogether about 120), the office did not
find any unreasonable price increases. Nevertheless, residents should call
the 1569 hot line if they find any unreasonable price increases and officers
would immediately check (price check in sector 7!).
She added that businessmen have had to make adjustments,
since fuel oil prices have increased six times already; therefore the office
needs to check goods prices daily instead of twice a week as in the past, to
prevent unreasonable increases, especially on the day fuel oil prices were
Mudslide on route linking Mae Hong Son and Burmese border market
Chiangmai Mail reporters
Heavy rain caused mudslides obstructing a route at Mae
Hong Son-Baan Rong Hang near Baan Huey Peung market at Tambon Huay Pha in
Muang, Mae Hong Son. Vehicles can use that route but should be very careful
of the 200 meter drop at the roadside. It is the responsibility of Mae Hong
Son Highway District to maintain the road, but two days had passed since the
landslide without any action.
A taxi driver who regularly drives on that route said
that vehicles transferring products to Burma could not drive through if rain
was imminent, because it is risky and mudslides could occur at any time. If
the authorities did not deal with it soon, the economy would suffer.
Pisit Puangsuwan, head of Mae Hong Son Meteorology Office
said that rain was expected along the Thai-Burmese border, plus the high
humidity on the peak of the hills led to rain all the time, therefore he
urged caution driving, especially during the rainy season. Residents living
along the hills should beware of mountain torrents.
B. 50,000 reward for information on Lao Ta’s drug dealing nephew
Pradit, the nephew of the “kingpin” of drug dealers,
Lao Ta San Lee, has escaped from hospital in Nonthawech, Nonthaburi, where
he was having his usual fortnightly dialysis treatment.
Commissioner Siriwat Sairat-in said that Pradit had
probably escaped to the northern region, as his hometown is Lamphun. As he
needs regular treatment for a kidney complaint, it should not be difficult
to find him alive, or dead, from the disease.
Chiang Mai Central Prison has set a reward of fifty
thousand baht for information leading to his arrest.
Pol. Maj. Gen Wutti Wittitanon, deputy commissioner,
admitted that fake ID cards are often found in the northern region and the
prisoner might be using such himself, so a picture of the felon has been
He was in the process of appealing a 33 years sentence,
but it sounds as if he does not have 33 years left.
200 minibus drivers quit after fuel prices increased
Although diesel prices have been increased, mini buses
have to maintain bus fares determined by Chiang Mai Land Transport Office,
resulting in almost 200 mini bus drivers giving up their jobs. The drivers,
mostly from San Pa Tong, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Chom Thong and Nong Tong, claim
the income is not sufficient to cover bus rental fee and fuel oil prices, so
they have gone to work as labourers instead.
In Srikammoon, board chairman of the Nakorn Chiang Mai
Transport Cooperatives, who services yellow, blue and white mini buses in
downtown Chiang Mai, revealed that after the diesel oil price had been
increased from 15.23 baht up to 22.23 baht, the cooperatives had been
allowed by Chiang Mai Land Transport Office to adjust their bus fees by 56
satang per kilometre.
The cooperatives increased its fares by two baht, from 7
to 9 baht and 10 to 12 baht. However, on the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong route,
drivers have been collecting bus fares at 10 baht for over ten years, but
Chiang Mai Land Transport Office proclaimed it should only be 9 baht for
Singhkham Nunti, president of the Nakorn Lanna Transport
Cooperatives said that red minibuses need to maintain bus fares during this
period of competition with municipality buses. If the situation improves,
the red minibus would appeal for approval to increase rates by 2-5 baht.
Taxis can charge 40 baht for the first two kilometres and
4 baht for next kilometre. There are 30 taxis at present but the number will
increase to 100 taxis before the end of this year. One red minibus will
disappear for each new taxi.
Suicide rate up again in 2004
The suicide numbers in Chiang Mai for the year 2004
increased to 309 persons attempting to commit suicide. Mae Wang had the
highest per capita percentage of suicides, said Assoc. Prof. Priap
Kuramanrohit, deputy director of Samaritan Chiang Mai Center, a hotline
center giving advice to discouraged people.
Assoc. Prof. Priap added that Samaritan Chiang Mai Center
was established in 1997 to help the many persons considering committing
suicide. He said the rate was still increasing, especially for both sexes
between 20-25 years of age.
Suicide methods depend on environment, culture, economic
status and social surroundings, but hanging is mostly prevalent with Thai
citizens, while chemical substances and medical overdoses are a growing
trend. Most causes leading to suicides are mental or alcohol problems, or
There are several suicidal precursors, the professor
explained, with problems of depression usually for six months before
committing suicide, family problems, love disappointments and jealousy,
divorce, terminal diseases and elder persons lacking caregivers.
He said that anyone feeling discouraged or even just
bored could call for advice daily, except Friday and Sunday, from 7 p.m. to
10 p.m. at the center on telephone number at 0 5322 5977-8.
Council agrees definite start for new bus service in July
On June 29, at the office of Chiang Mai municipality, the
council agreed to allow the municipality to start the public transport
business in 2005 and was now only awaiting the Chiang Mai governor’s
approval with the mayor’s signature. The entire process will be finished
soon and the buses are to be released this month.
Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor speaks to reporters about public transport.
The 26 buses, purchased for 63 million baht, will service
residents in Chiang Mai municipality area have been approved to run on three
main, permanent routes.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor, said that if the
municipal council has agreed, then he was sure that the governor would
certainly approve. The Department of Land Transport confirmed bus fees of
not more than 12 baht per passenger, and the municipality is considering
collecting between 10-12 baht. However, as fuel prices have increased, the
municipality may have to present a petition to the department to increase
bus fees above 12 baht.
The mayor added that he had checked the service himself and had told the
entire staff to serve the public graciously, especially drivers who would be
checked for alcohol consumption everyday before climbing aboard.
municipality buses are ready to service Chiang Mai residents.
Police warned about involvement in illegal business
In yet another attempt to eradicate corruption in the
police force, Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of
the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, called the eight northern
provinces’ commanders and 52 heads of police stations to discuss policy
for suppression of casinos, drugs and entertainment places.
Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5.
The commissioner said that police officers must be
diligent to prevent gambling, concentrate on entertainment places and
implement society’s rules. He accepted that permanent casinos were not
found in region 5, but temporary casinos are often discovered and
superintendents in each area had to take pains to suppress these.
If it appeared that officers were getting involved, he
warned, they would be severely punished.
Entertainment places annoying residents with loud music had first to be
warned then, if ignored, owners were to be prosecuted. He said that this
conference to spell out the policy to the police officers was the last
warning for them not to get involved with illegal businesses. Some police
stations did not pay much attention to gambling and illegal lotteries, but
if they did not shape up before October 2005, officers might be moved to
other places and their carelessness would go on their records.
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 receives narcotic suppression award
Krailerg and Saksit Meesubkwang
Hard work and the use of advanced technology are curbing
the drug trade. This is being rewarded with awards given to the Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5, the only organization receiving the award, for best
narcotic suppression. The award was presented by PM Thaksin Shinawatra and
included one hundred thousand baht.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 shows the award for best organization for narcotic
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner
of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, congratulated his force and told
them to keep up the good work.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Wutti Wittitanon, deputy commissioner, said the number of
drug dealers had been considerably reduced, with big gangs almost
eradicated, but retailers still operate.
Municipal bio-diesel to save costs
Old cooking oil to be used
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor, revealed that
the municipality would purchase vegetable oil filtering machines, costing
3-4 hundred thousand baht, from the energy saving institute at Chiang Mai
University, with collection at ten points in the city.
The municipality would purchase used vegetable oil from
residents at eight baht per liter. This would be filtered and modified into
bio-diesel at up to one thousand liters a year, to reduce fuel imports.
“The municipality is installing these machines in
different areas so residents can see them and realize the energy it can
save. It will also allay fears of food fried in used oil (a common practice)
because used oil will be sold out,” he said.
The municipality would certify and signify each shop
participating in the municipality’s plan. The bio-diesel made from used
vegetable oil would be used on municipality buses and it was predicted that
it could reduce diesel fuel oil costs by 20 percent because bio-diesel
production costs were only 12 baht per liter.
Disturbed woman tries to jump from roof of hospital
A tragedy was prevented on June 30 when police and
hospital staff persuaded a disturbed 20-year-old woman, holding a teddy
bear, from jumping from the roof of the Thep Panya Hospital. Hospital staff
had prepared a cushion to soften her landing, just in case.
and security guards moving a cushion to break the fall.
A witness informed reporters that the woman had disappeared while being
treated on the fourth floor. When security guards searched for her they
found her standing on the roof sans parachute. She did not allow anyone to
approach her and claimed that someone was trying to hurt her.
Police raid Lampang’s largest gambling den
Chiangmai Mail reporters
Lampang investigation police raided “Je Touch”, the
largest casino in Lampang, located on Ko Kha, arresting 15 gamblers and
confiscating almost 200,000 baht plus much gambling equipment.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Kraisorn Roongsang, commander of Lampang
Provincial Police led a force of 20 officers to raid the casino at Tambon
Thasala in Ko Kha, Lampang after having learned that there was gambling
going on in a house. The officers found 25 male and female gamblers but 10
managed to flee the scene in spite of the large posse of police officers,
leaving behind 180,000 baht, together with playing cards, dice and other
nefarious pieces of equipment.
The den belonged to Je Touch, but she escaped once again.
It is her practice to move her heinous business to different districts - but
the deviant gamblers always know where it is to continue their gambling
habit. Most of the captured gamblers lived in Ko Kha district and gambled in
preference to working.
Drugs now being transferred by post
More than the stamp might be licked
Since the transfer of drugs by post appears to be
increasing, as the roadblocks are apparently effective, plans have been made
to intercept drug deliveries by mail at the post offices.
The plan is to x-ray any mail coming through Lamphun Post
Office, which is responsible for the postal services in the three northern
provinces of Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Mae Hong Son; and Denchai Post Office,
which takes care of the six north provinces of Lampang, Uttaradit, Phrae,
Nan, Phayao and Chiang Rai. Equipment such as K-9 and x-ray vehicles will be
provided for this process.
The plan has been applied first at Lamphun Post Office on
June 28 and Denchai Post Office on June 29.
Janya Sramatcha, investigation officer of the Drug
Suppression Office Region 5, revealed that the office started intercepting
regular mail, in cooperation with the Narcotic Suppression Bureau,
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, Lamphun and Phrae Provincial Police,
Lamphun Post Office and Denchai Post Office in Phrae.
Enraged Fang traffic policeman shoots offenders, then himself
A Fang traffic policeman shot and killed a motorist and
two passengers after they ran a red light and argued with him. He then shot
and mortally wounded himself.
Eye witnesses told the police that Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj.
Wisit Palami, 50, stopped the pickup truck while he was helping students
cross a road. The driver disobeyed the policeman’s hand signal and was
asked to park the vehicle while the officer wrote a ticket.
Instead of accepting the ticket, the driver threw it away
and threatened to have the policeman punished. The couple complained because
they were stopped while they were rushing to get to a market to sell goods.
One of the passengers loudly insulted the policeman in front of onlookers,
calling him a low-ranking officer.
Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Wisit Palami lost all his “jai
yen”, flew into a rage, drew his gun and shot the couple and a female
employee riding with them. Realizing the enormity of his act, he then turned
the gun on himself.
The couple died at the scene while the policeman and
employee were admitted to hospital. They died the next day.
Fang police identified the victims as Pongsak Napasri,
44, the driver, resident of Chantaburi; Sawangjit Munnoot, 44, of Mae Ai,
Chiang Mai, and Supannee Patcharapaisan, 41, an employee of the dead couple.
The pick up truck was riddled with 8 shots.
At the scene, forensic police discovered a 9 mm revolver,
10 spent cartridges, and a traffic police cap belonging to the police senior
Pol. Lt. Col. Jonkol Dokdurian said that his subordinate
was usually kind and calm; it was unbelievable that he had done such a
thing. He added that long hours directing traffic leads to stress and
mistreatment by the offender must have sent him into an uncontrollable rage.
Cavalry forces find nothing, but get shot at
Two officers get pay rises
A house at Baan Nong Pasang, belonging to Duangjai
Kawichai, a suspected drug dealer was searched on June 29 by a force of the
241st Cavalry Division and the Special Task Force of 2nd Cavalry Regiment,
but nothing was found.
Worawit Wongwai, Pha Muang Task Force deputy commissioner visits SM1 Supap
Odthon at Nakornping Hospital.
On their return, the officers were shot at by gunmen and
engaged the officers in a fusillade that lasted for five minutes. After the
bullets stopped flying and a cautious wait, the officers searched the forest
but found nothing except a lot of chipped bark and a dead squirrel.
Two officers were injured, SM1 Thamrongsak Tangchana, the
driver, was hit in the right leg, and SM1 Supap Odthon was shot in the
shoulder and his thumb was broken. The two officers were admitted to Chai
Prakan Hospital but SM1 Supap appeared to be in a more serious condition and
was transferred to Nakornping Hospital in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.
Maj. Gen. Pairat said that he was relieved that the shootout had not
caused the death of any officers. Those officers injured on duty would be
promoted and get a pay rise.
The 3P Paradigm: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution
Part 3 of a 3 part series
Human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation was
at one time perpetrated by small, local groups, but is rapidly becoming the
business of choice for organized crime. As such, the many non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) that work to address this issue have found themselves
pitting their comparatively limited resources against the wealth of
multinational criminal organizations.
tribal girls will have many opportunities, thanks to an education supported
by local foundations.
Governments in developing countries are equally limited.
With substantial leadership from the United Nations NGOs, crime prevention
organizations, International Office of Migration and countries affected by
human trafficking have begun to work together. It has not been a painless
process, but the 3P paradigm – Prevention, Protection and Prosecution - is
an outgrowth of the understanding that there is no simple solution for a
problem as complex as human trafficking.
Thailand has implemented a strong public prevention
campaign. Government-sponsored billboards warning about the deceptions
perpetrated by traffickers and the vulnerability of women and children are
everywhere, and NGOs have also mounted an aggressive informational campaign.
But without literacy and viable job skills, women will continue to be duped
and families will continue to turn their heads as their children leave. And
without improvement in the status of women and children, people of influence
will continue to help the traffickers.
The Chiangmai Mail, Volume IV, No. 2, quoted a
local children’s home administrator as saying, “Lately it has been
discovered that some local leaders, such as village headmen or general
district officers are helping the traffickers and bribe the locals to turn a
blind eye.” As long as women and children, and particularly poor women and
children, are devalued there is little chance that simple public awareness
campaigns will succeed. However, should those campaigns be linked with
literacy and job skills training, the case for success is greatly enhanced.
We breathe a collective sigh of relief when we read that
trafficked women and children have been removed from situations of forced
prostitution, but what happens to them afterwards? In countries that have no
secure shelters or limited shelter resources, these victims may be jailed
and charged with visa or immigration violations. They may be treated as
criminals while the true perpetrators are not arrested or charged, and
indeed go about their daily business as though nothing has happened. Even
worse, after the TV cameras quit rolling and the news crews go home, after
everybody involved takes a bow and the credit for “rescuing” these
victims, they may be turned back over to the very people who trafficked them
and held them hostage in the first place. Unbelievable but true.
Should they be fortunate enough to be placed in a shelter
and cared for with compassion, repatriation into some Southeast Asian
countries, especially for people who are residents but not citizens of that
country, may become a nightmare. Even with documents, both citizens and
ethnic minorities may face months of living in a shelter while waiting for
the authorities to grant them permission to return to their families and
countries of birth. And documents are few because the traffickers confiscate
them as they move their victims from place to place. For those fortunate few
who find themselves in the care of compassionate professionals, there are
enormous gaps in services. And, always, there is danger from the
traffickers. There is no witness protection program in Thailand, and there
are few secured or secret safe houses. Victims live in fear that they will
be forcibly abducted and returned to the brothels. They have become valuable
commodities, plus their knowledge of the individual recruiters, the
trafficking organization, and corrupt officials is a real threat.
A newspaper reported the arrest of members of an
international trafficking organization. I will wait for the rest of the
story, but doubt it will ever be reported. Although arrests were made, those
arrested were granted bail and probably will never be seen again. Many will
cross international borders the same way they trafficked their victims; many
will simply live quietly until the publicity dies, then resume their
criminal enterprises. There is no fugitive squad in Thailand, no specially
trained police unit charged with finding and arresting those who do not show
up for trial. And even those who are tried and found guilty are usually
given very light sentences. The laws for sex trafficking are new, and in
some cases inadequate or not understood. Lack of training is the norm for
the badly underpaid police departments of Southeast Asian countries, and
this allows apathy and even corruption to fester.
Those in law enforcement who understand the issues and
the laws, who are humanists with compassion for the victims of trafficking,
face incredible odds in developing and prosecuting these cases. If the case
is contained within one country, there may be multiple police agencies and
jurisdictions involved. But if the case is multinational, police face even
greater obstacles. Multiple police agencies, embassies and foreign
ministries, lack of laws addressing sex trafficking, international memoranda
of understanding, reentry issues for victims are all part of these complex
cases. The result may be few or no arrests.
I have few answers, but I have great hope. Every time you volunteer to
teach English, you’re helping. Every donation you make to provide basic
education helps. Every marketable skill you can pass on helps. We’re in
this together, you know.
Twins find wily use for condoms
Safe sex and a safe for drugs?
The suspicious behavior exhibited by twins at Chiang Rai
transport station on June 27 led security police request a body search.
Whilst Yupadee and Yawadee Boonpraderm, 20, were being examined, they were
unusually coy, with legs pressed tightly to prevent any approach to their
private parts. This only encouraged the policewoman to delve deeper and
finally two condoms stuffed with 2,000 speed pills were discovered.
The twins, who live at Tambon Sao Hin Thong in Bang Yai,
Nonthaburi, admitted to buying the ya ba from Burma, in Tachilek. They had
bought 40,000 baht worth and hid them in several interesting places for
later sale to clients. The pills were later recovered by the police. They
admitted to doing this condom run several times before being apprehended.
Pretty thief snatches
phones from students
As easy as taking candy from kids
Several students and residents informed Muang Chiang Mai
Police Station that a good looking woman had stolen money and mobile phones
from them. Her modus operandi was to ask to borrow a cell phone for a while
and then run away with it.
An identikit picture was assembled of the petty thief,
and the police identified the woman from the artist’s impression. She was
seen loitering, apparently waiting for students leaving school with mobile
phones on display as signs of their affluence. However, on approaching her,
she attempted to flee, but the officers were fleet of foot and captured her.
The victims identified her at the police station on June
29. The pretty petty thief was found to be Rattana Laithong, 19. She
admitted to the charges and said that she had done this no less than 50
times and sold the mobile phones to secondhand goods shops that were also
part-time fencing contractors. Since almost 40 victims identified the thief,
she was refused bail due to the magnitude of her crimes.