Police search 238 targets in tourism confidence raising campaign

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Bangkok – Police officers conducted search operations Wednesday at 238 targets nationwide, arresting some 500 foreigners illegally staying in Thailand and potentially affecting the country’s tourism image.

Assistant Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo, visited Khao San Road in Bangkok to dispatch patrol forces as part of the 34th X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner campaign. This national campaign involved search operations at 238 locations to arrest illegal immigrants in Thailand. The targeted locations included 4 educational institutes; 86 companies; 12 entertainment venues; 65 hotels, apartments, and accommodations; and 71 other targets.

The operation resulted in the arrest of 478 suspects, including 7 person overstaying their visa permit, 295 illegal immigrants, 24 persons violating the immigrant employment law, 98 for providing accommodation for illegal immigrants without informing the officials within 24 hours, 26 immigrants not residing in their registered locations, and 28 for other charges.

The assistant police chief said the campaign will continue to be carried out to maintain order and raise confidence among visitors.