Nearly 400 taxi drivers, rental car agents, restaurant employees and tourism-sector workers were trained to recognize signs of human trafficking and transnational crime at a seminar sponsored by the Chonburi Immigration Office.
Maj. Gen. Kriangsak Arunsrisophon, commander of Immigration Region 3, presided over the day-long workshop Sept. 5 at the Tropicana Hotel. Speakers covered immigration department goals, aspects of human trafficking and transnational crime and crime prevention.
Following a day of training to recognize signs of human trafficking and transnational crime, Pattaya’s best volunteers and police officers were dispatched to scour Pattaya for transnational crime.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome stressed that human trafficking and transnational crime can impede Thailand’s goal to generate 2 billion baht in tourism revenue in 2015. He urged those assembled to inform Immigration Police of suspicious foreigners by calling the department’s 1178 hotline.
Kriangsak said the training was part of Immigration’s six goals of stability, suppressing bullies, serving visitors, spreading justice, developing for the for ASEAN Economic Community, elicit cooperation from all sectors and solve problems through integration.
Following the training, Kriangsak dispatched officers to scour Pattaya for transnational crime.