State, local officials brief media on loan shark problem

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Provincial and national officials are recruiting Thailand’s media outlets to help them get the word out about the threats posed by loan sharks.

A Sept. 8 seminar co-sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Chonburi’s anti-loan sharking division at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Jomtien Beach was aimed at giving reporters and editors more background on illegal money-lending problems in hopes of raising public awareness about the perils of doing business with loan sharks.

Jira Phunthasiri, illegal money-lending Specialist from the Ministry of Finance, meets the press. Jira Phunthasiri, illegal money-lending Specialist from the Ministry of Finance, meets the press.

Ministry officials said the problem is still growing and provided media outlets with background on state and local efforts to combat loan sharks.

They also encouraged reporters to feel free to contact them with any questions.