Phuket making efforts to stamp out the mafia

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PHUKET, 25 July 2013 (NNT) – The Phuket Provincial Administration has teamed up with the TAT, the police and Phuket Airport to stamp out foreign mafia and illegal taxi drivers in the tourist province of Phuket after tourist safety has been compromised.

Heads of those units met recently in the southern resort province to discuss the cooperation. They included Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Phurisrisak, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Director General Tharit Pengdit, Phuket Deputy Governor Jamroen Tippayapongthada and Phuket International Airport Director Pratueng Sornkham.

The meeting was called after foreign embassies had expressed concerns over the safety of their citizens in Phuket. The DSI revealed there are two types of dodgy businesses — the illegal taxi service and foreign ownership of land and property through a Thai nominee, prevailing on the island.

The illegal taxi service is operated by a group of Thais who, according to the DSI, would terrorize and threaten to physically harm tourists if their demand were not met. They have been found around famous hotels in their makeshift shelter made of bamboos searching for potential passengers.

Read more: NNT

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