Pattaya-area officials carried out their part of a nationwide Jan. 26-30 crackdown on beggars to address problems with human trafficking and social inequality.
After the cleanup ordered by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Pattaya and Nongprue officials announced Jan. 30 they’d picked up a trio of people to place at a relief center on Sukhumvit Soi 3.
The campaign carried the motto of “Policy, Protection, and Prevention” with Pattaya and Nongprue Sub-district responding to the central government’s calls to reduce social inequality, and prevent and solve human trafficking, illegal aliens, and oppression of the alien-labor.
Homeless people living in the empty lot behind South Pattaya’s Grand Hall Market will be rounded up and sent to the Sukhumvit Soi 3 relief center once officials find the land owner and ask for permission to remove them.
Sub. Lt. Pramote Tabtim, deputy clerk of Nongprue, said the government has policies to reduce social inequality, and to prevent and solve human trafficking, illegal aliens, oppression of alien labor, sex tourism, child prostitution, and beggar problems by assigning the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to work with relevant agencies in finding measures toward sustainable and concrete solutions to these problems.
Pattaya City Manager Pakorn Sukhonthachat instructed Pattaya municipal officials and the city Social Welfare Department to arrest beggars throughout Pattaya, starting at a busy area at a South Pattaya’s Grand Hall Market.
Authorities inspected the empty field behind the market’s parking lot and found there were beggars and homeless camping there. Initially, authorities only watched them to prevent them from causing troubles while finding the land owner to request legal actions against them.
Pattaya and Nongprue carried out the operation in every community of Pattaya and initially arrested three beggars who were put under the care of the relief center for people suffering social problems.