Pattaya plays Whack-a-Mole with beggars

A man with a mangled arm was seen begging on South Pattaya Road.

Along with Pattaya’s homeless problem, beggars continue to be a problem city officials can’t, or won’t, solve.

A stroll through South Pattaya Aug. 23 found a man panhandling with a mangled hand and a Cambodian woman with an 8-year-old child. When asked, she could not produce either identification or proof the girl was hers.

There was no sign of police or immigration officers, but an unidentified man in a motorcycle taxi vest took their photos and said he knows folks at Immigration.

In truth, trying to catch beggars and keep them off the streets is like playing a game of Whack-a-Mole: They duck out of sight when anyone in uniform arrives and pop up again somewhere else. Even when some are apprehended, they end up back on the street a short time later.

Many beggars – especially those with children – are trafficked and part of international gangs facilitated by corrupt Thais.

A Cambodian woman begs from under an umbrella with an 8-year-old girl.


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