26 homeless swept up, shipped to Bangkok

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Pattaya social workers swept 26 homeless people off Pattaya Beach, relocating them to the Nonthaburi Home for the Destitute.

The Jan. 11 morning sweep by the city Social Welfare Department and Chonburi Social Security and Health Development Office scooped up 15 men, three transvestites, six women and two children. One child, just 9 months old, caught the attention of social workers, who bought milk for the homeless infant and its mother.

Officials ship homeless people off to Nonthaburi to receive better care. Officials ship homeless people off to Nonthaburi to receive better care.

Municipal enforcement officers who accompanied the social workers complained that the homeless often resorted to begging, annoying tourists and residents of Pattaya. By shipping them off to Bangkok, they will receive vocational training and education to pursue a job.