8 Year Old Boy Abducted, Sold for Sex at Store in Pattaya

Wow, why is this stuff always happening in Pattaya? Is this where the sick farkers all go for vacation? I thought it was Cambodia… have things become too tough in Cambodia in Soi Kindergarten and now Pattaya is going to become the next Phnom Phen?

Anyone want to give me 40,000 baht per month and I’ll spend 12 hours per day finding the assmonkeys that like to do this kind of stuff? Seriously, I’ll go.

Anyone?

Bueller?

And it got so quiet that you could hear a pin drop… oh no, wait, that was a the buckle on a little boy’s pants falling to the floor…

Nobody really cares about this stuff…

8 Year Old Boy abducted and sold to Foreigners for sex in South Pattaya.

On 28th October, Khun Natarigar aged 39 made a report at Pattaya Police Station which stated that she had lost her 8 year old Son at the Carrefour Shopping Center. Since then she has been frantically searching the streets of Pattaya for him and in the early hours of Tuesday Morning, she spotted her Son in Soi Sunee Plaza in South Pattaya. The boy was with an older man and thanks to a quick response by Police, the man was arrested and the boy was returned to his Mother. At Pattaya Police Station, Khun Yotsapon aged 24 explained that he abducted the boy at Carrefour and then took him to Soi Sunee Plaza and sold the boy to foreigners. The boy was given 100 Baht every time he went with a customer. Police are now searching for the foreigners who engaged in sexual activities with the Boy and Khun Yotsapon is now behind bars on various charges relating to the case.

Victim of Sexual Assault Victimized A-G-A-I-N at Police Station

There are some simple things that we take as common sense in America, but that for some reason don’t make it to other developing nations for years and years afterward.

I’m talking about this…

Photos of Sexual Assault Victim >

This lady was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver and then she’s forced to sit next to this ass at the police station. Her body language says it all in the one photo of him with his chair turned toward her and the girl’s chair and whole body turned away from the guy at the police desk.

WTF?

Burma’s Ruling Military needs to Fall

Where in the world is the USA when there are overt, on camera human rights violations… killings? The US prefers to wage wars on the basis of intelligence that is hidden from the rest of the world – and in some cases, perhaps doesn’t even exist (weapons of mass destruction in Iraq)… If the USA is going to police the world – it can go to Burma too – yes? No oil in Burma? Shite! Ok, leave them to themselves then… they’ll get it sorted out…

Burma’s controlling military needs to fall or be helped to fall. How long would it take to topple them and let the people rule? 20 minutes tops. The people are irate… if they let this uprising die down and gradually “mai bpen rai” it like Thais’ might – they might not get another chance for a long time…

Here are some YouTube videos that show the recent violence against monks, foreign journalists, and anyone that happened to be in the streets.

Search youtube “burma violence” and you should get just about everything they have. Some links are not embeddable – which means that you can only see them at Youtube – so, if you have a chance go take a look.

Sick stuff…

Is Theft in Thailand a Big Problem?

Breaking lock, theft in Thailand

Is Theft in Thailand a Big Problem?

When I first arrived I had heard that theft was something not to really worry about as the Thais’ were not a “thieving people” on the whole. I accepted that – not having heard any bad stories when I first arrived in Ubon Ratchathani. These are a few instances of thefts I experienced and other friends and co-workers over the almost 3 years I’ve been here.

The first thing I had stolen was after being in Thailand about 2 months and was a white motorbike helmet at the Big C in Ubon. I hadn’t locked my helmet under the seat as I was told it didn’t matter – that nobody ever stole helmets.

I was shocked at first, but then I chalked it up to someone mistaking mine for theirs. I give the benefit of the doubt once in a while.

The second theft I experienced in Thailand was a white motorbike helmet at the Big C in Ubon. Hmm… That’s strange, do I detect a pattern here? I wanted a white helmet because I thought maybe they’re a little bit cooler when the sun is frying everyone’s head that is wearing darker colored motorbike helmets. I bought another white one after that helmet was stolen and I started to lock the helmet to the motorbike under the seat.

The third theft I experienced was a white motorbike helmet outside a 7-11 where I just didn’t think to lock it because I’d only be in there for a few minutes. My bad.

The fourth theft I heard of was of a co-worker who was sleeping in her house (upstairs) when someone entered the house on the ground floor and took her mobile phone and some cash, but left the purse.

The fifth theft I heard of was the same thing – two girls staying in a house and sleeping when their mobile phones and purses were taken out of their bedrooms as they slept.

The sixth theft I had happen to me… As I was teaching at a private school somebody removed one of the plastic plates on my Honda Nova 2-stroke engine and removed the electric ignition system (a black box that costs 1500baht plus if you get one new.) I am sure it was some of my students in my Mathyom 3 class who were always dicking around and getting smacked on the head with my dry-erase markers. One of them the son of the woman in charge of the English program there.

The seventh and eighth thefts happened as my motorbike was parked at the home I rented. This home was surrounded by students that were attending Rajabhat and technical college. They were very poor and for some reason there is a hot market for my ignition in that Honda Nova because that thing was stolen 3 times. Eventually, after the 3rd theft I had someone hide the ignition in a different than usual position on the motorbike and anchor it with 4 bolts in a case that was attached to the frame.

The ninth theft I experienced was a white motorbike helmet at the sports park in Surat Thani. Apparently I had forgotten to lock it – though I can’t honestly remember if I did or didn’t.

The tenth theft that I heard of was of a friend’s wallet. She was riding in Ubon Ratchathani and two guys – kids under 18 years old, pulled up beside her at the red light. Just as the light turned green they reached into the front of her basket and took her wallet.

The eleventh theft I heard of from a friend was of her mobile phone being taken out of her backpack while she was someplace that really SHOULD be more secure… a BANK.

The twelfth theft I experienced was when my… WHITE MOTORBIKE HELMET was stolen from my motorbike at the sports park in Sisaket as I was running. I was lax and didn’t think to lock it as there was nobody around except the guards at their little hut just 25 meters away from the motorbike. Did the guards do it? Oh by the way, I now have a red motorbike helmet…

The thirteenth theft I heard about was from a friend that was going to open her own food cart in town. She had teamed up with her friend from long ago that agreed to work part time on the cart when my friend had to do other things like take care of her children. My friend invited this old friend to her shack where they lived and my friend’s mother lived too. They ate and relived old times… The next day the “old friend” came back to the shack and talked to the old grandmother (75+) and asked her to get something for her that was in an out of the way place in the back. As grandmother did so, this old friend went into the sleeping area of my friend’s shack and stole the 7000 baht that she was going to use to start her food cart business.

I was shocked! How could she do that to her friend from grade school and high school? They were like sisters…

The fourteenth theft I heard of was from a friend that works at a hotel. She worked with a Thai guy, about 28 years old that was very friendly and it appeared, trustworthy. He would help everyone when he could and was always smiling.

This guy had a plan… On the day before he quit the job (and coincidentally maybe?) on the last day of the month when he was paid for a month of work… he borrowed the maid’s personal cell phone saying that he really needed it for one day because he was expecting an important call and his own phone was in the shop to be fixed.

Almost 20 minutes later he asked the same thing of the security guard that worked there – can he borrow the phone for just one day because he has an emergency call coming!

This guy did not return to work for the next 15 days, and only recently they’ve written him off as probably not returning! This guy left a bottle full of piss under his bed too – seems he was pee shy to use the restroom in the common area of the free apartment they provided for him to stay in while he worked at this hotel.

Theft of camera bag through open window
So, is there a theft problem in Thailand? Yeah, there is. Will you hear about if from the Thai people? Not really. I find that they don’t talk about it much. You’ll need to ask to hear anything.
I think Thais’ don’t talk about societal problems much. That’s been my experience. Not sure how other expats see it.

I haven’t even talked about the 3 thefts that have taken me for over 250,000 Thai baht since arriving in 2004! Why? I’ve hinted at 2 of them in past blogs, but recently there was another. These are high-level theives that have extorted money from me. It’s best to be completely above board here in Thailand because as soon as you do something that’s “iffy” you might face a lot of grief in the future over it. I have.

So – how about you? Have you experienced any kind of theft here in Thailand? Heard about any Thai people using the trust of their friends and co-workers to rip someone off?

Koh Samui Murder, Australian Man’s Son with Thai Wife (early this morning)

Here's a really sick story out of Thairath newspaper.

A boy 5, years old was slammed against a marble table, cut across the throat with a knife, and then had his heart pierced through with the knife and is now dead.

This happened at the house of the parents, an Australian man and his Thai wife, 30 years old, who is a nurse.

The Thai woman had her throat cut and is in serious condition at the hospital.

No property was taken.  It is suspected that it was the Thai boyfriend of this woman, prior to her meeting the Australian man and having a baby with her.

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Man, that sucks.

Pattaya Thai Beach Chair Renter Loses Face, 2 Tourists Killed?

This is a disturbing story out of Pattaya’s Jomtien beach in Thailand… (below)

I don’t have an opinion on what probably happened, I’m not going to speculate what likely happened… but, it’s pretty disturbing and maybe part of a trend recently if it really was an act of revenge for the Thai man losing face over an argument about beach chairs. A guy that runs a beach chair service on the beach is a businessman. He’s out there everyday interacting with tourists that have money to burn so to speak.

Tourists in Pattaya come from all parts of the globe. They spend money on nice hotels, girls, guys and elephants. Some of the local people – guys that drive tuk-tuks, guys that rent beach chairs out for a small sum of money must have a certain resentment that builds up over time when dealing with so many foreigners, many of which are not kind… they don’t typically display the “map pen rai” attitude that the Thais’ have become accustomed to…

With the prevalence of internet use – information is shared among ALL now. Maybe it used to be that only repeat visitors really knew the prices charged for things… the bottom-line value on things like a tuk-tuk ride, beach chair, kilo of mangoes… But now – EVERYONE KNOWS the value of things in Thailand. So many tourists are “edu-micated” as Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies would have said… There’s not a lot getting past tourists now – they know the value of goods and services in Thailand. They don’t want to pay anymore than anyone else is paying. Tourists that come on a budget, or those that are especially cash-conscious can see their visit to Thailand turned into a stressful event because they are haggling over every 5 baht difference.

A Thai man that is running a business in Thailand has some pride. Even a beach chair rental guy. He’s worked in the same place, or around the same location for a number of years. Maybe he raised his kids there. He has friends there. He has a wife there. He has a reputation. He is in his own country and doing things the Thai way. Maybe he has some frustration that builds up over the years. He watches tourists come and spend more money during one week than he might make in 6 months. He sees them wear diamonds, gold, fashionable clothes… they treat themselves to the best in Thailand – because they can. To them, he thinks, 5 baht is nothing… not worth a thought. But he’s wrong…

To a Thai it might appear that this is the way tourists would be expected to think… to act… like 5 baht isn’t worth half a piss. But, in truth I know some people that can get enraged over a 5 baht slight especially when they are trying not to be “cheated” like when dealing with Thais’ that create prices on the fly… sometimes a tourist gets something for 20 baht. The next tourist – 25 baht. The next is a local, she gets it for 15 baht. The next is a guy the Thai can tell has just stepped off the plane. He is asked for 50 baht.

It’s a market economy. I really believe personally that people should pay what they agree to pay – whatever makes sense to them – and if it’s 5 baht higher than what someone else pays – that’s life. Next time in your mind you know that you too want to pay 5 baht less because you saw someone else get it for that. Your opinion changes. But, if you bought it the first time for 5 baht higher – then you agreed that it was worth it to you – or, you wouldn’t have bought it.

Oh yea, I’m frustrated if I hear that someone got something for less than I did. But I don’t give it another thought until I go and need the good or service again – then I want the lowest price I’ve heard about someone getting.

Buying rambutan for instance. My girlfriend can go and buy a kilogram for 20 baht like we did last night – with me sitting there on the motorbike in front of the guy as he gives her the price. There is no price on the fruit itself. He chooses the price. He added 5 baht from what he usually charges – because she told me he charged her 15 baht before. She wouldn’t tell me this before she bought because then it becomes an issue to me. But, afterward – mai pen rai – he made 5 more baht. I don’t cry over it. There are other reasons for fluctuations in price from day to day. The supply of rambutan here in the south fluctuates as the days go… Sometimes a guy might have a truckload. He might let them go for 10 baht per kilo. In 2 days he might be down to his last few and maybe others close in proximity to where this guy sells his rambutan don’t have many either. The prices go up.

Or, maybe the truck is nearly empty and the guy is anxious to go get another full truck of them because the next truckfull will be of the finest rambutans of the whole season. He might give you 2 kilos for 10 baht.

Buying CDROMS might be the same. Maybe the one YOU want is one that the guy doesn’t have any more of – and he sells the hell outta them. Maybe he wants 5 baht more because the demand is higher. He knows he’ll get 5 baht more from someone even if it’s not you. Why should he give it to you for 5 baht less than he could make. He’s sucking betelnut for energy, not you. You can pay 5 baht more for something you want, and if you don’t find it WORTH the extra 5 baht – don’t buy it – just go away and be happy knowing you wouldn’t pay more than it was worth to you.

Tourist attitude sucks here most times.

A guy in Pattaya on Beach road was beaten to death a little over a year ago for arguing iwth a guy about returning a music CD that didn’t work in his CD player. The CD seller didn’t take returns. Never did. Most Thai places DON’T. Never did.

This guy started yelling at the guy selling them. He was jumped by a bunch of Thais’ who beat him senseless. I think he died- though my memory of the article might be flawed… I’m pretty sure he died from it.

Over 100 baht?

How long does it take you to make 100 baht in your country? A few minutes? An hour at the very most.

This guy died for less than what it took him to make in an hour of work.

Thais’ don’t play around for certain things. Loss of face is one. You really, really need to understand the concept of face before coming here, or shortly upon arrival. There is no concept more important to you as a visitor. Get into a traffic accident and cause someone to lose face, or get drunk in a bar and cause someone to lose face… yell at a beach chair rental guy because you think he’s trying to charge you 50 more baht than is “fair”.

I’m not at all sure what happened with the two girls that were shot to death on Jomtien beach, but I’m not at all surprised if it does end up to have happened because the beach chair rental guy lost face in his home country, on his home street, surrounded by his friends, co-workers, and family…

I wouldn’t be surprised at all… I don’t agree that it’s something that SHOULD happen in Thailand – but I’m not the one writing up moral standards of behavior for the Thai people either.

I just know that the REALITY of living here shows us that Thais’ kill for things other than what foreigners kill over sometimes. The level of embarrassment one might feel during an argument for a foreigner and a Thai might be (must be) entirely different. For some Thais’ it is a catastrophic blow… a loss of face so great that only killing the offender makes it right…

Remember that next time you ride in a tuk-tuk, rent a motorbike, get into an accident, get drunk at a bar, hit on someone’s girlfriend, argue with a bargirl over what is owed to her at the end of the night, and in EVERY situation you find yourself in Thailand.

Thai loses face, tourists killed

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Two Russian women killed in Pattaya

(BangkokPost.com)

Two Russian female tourists were shot and killed in a popular tourist beach resort about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok early Saturday, police said.

The 30- and 25-year-old women were shot by an unidentified gunman on a beach in Jomtien which is just south of the popular tourist resort town Pattaya at around 5 a.m.

Witnesses said they heard gun shots, then saw a Thai man flee the area on a motorcycle. The two women, who were staying in a nearby resort, were found dead next to beach chairs on the beach, police said.

Police found an empty Coca-Cola can, an almost empty alcoholic beverage, female shoes and a mobile phone at the scene.

Police initially suspected that the women, who checked in at the Dragon Beach Resort Hotel last Friday and planned to check out early March, were killed because of some conflict of interest in the sex business.

But officers say a local beach chair concessionaire is a possible suspect, because witnesses saw the Russian tourists quarreling with him earlier.

The press attache of the Russian Embassy in Thailand, Alexey Bulkin, confirmed Saturday the murder of two Russian women, who arrived at the Dragon Beach Resort hotel on February 16, and said an embassy official had been sent to the resort to monitor the ongoing police investigation.

Pattaya and Jomtien to its south are popular beach towns that have seen an increased number of Russian tourists in recent years.

ATM Card Theft in Thailand

There are more farangs that suck here in Thailand than you can shake a stick at…

I was going to write about something else today, but I saw two articles today about this and I’ve heard other stories about it – so – I’ll write about it today… ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) use in Thailand

First I was reading The NATION blogs section this morning – online – seems my broadband internet connection is working again – could they really have fixed that internet cable under the ocean in Hong Kong THAT quickly?

I’m up to dial up speeds of 7 Kbps – dial up speed in the USA and I’m paying for 1 mbps – 1000 baht per month – but oh well, at least I’m ON today.

ATM card theft in Thailand

So, I see a story about a guy that had his ATM card info stolen in Bangkok. Farang guy I guess because the article is in English. He had 60,000 baht stolen in one day – and was lucky to have checked it – using online banking access… The bank at first only offered to reimburse him 50%!!! The LAW is 100% and eventually they agreed to it.

This guy has no idea when they ripped his card and password – so – it must have been pretty stealthy. In the USA we have it at gas station pumps – they install something in the pump close to the credit card/ATM bank card pay slot – and it records the information from the cards somehow. Don’t know how they get the passwords – unless it’s written into the magnetic strip also – but that’d be dumb.

I see in the Pattaya paper something about 2 french guys getting nailed for stealing a guy’s credit card – they were caught – and with them they had a machine that reads the ATM or credit card magnetic strip information… French Nationals steal ATM card from German guy >

I think that Thailand – as well as everywhere else, must be full of guys like this that do this for a living. I’m afraid to use any cards online – and my computer has 2 virus scanners, updated virus definitions daily, and a firewall that lets me block whatever outgoing or incoming internet traffic I don’t want. I have Windows XP pro that’s updated with the latest updates. And STILL I’m afraid.

Then I read something like this – that makes me fear having money in my bank account here! What if I couldn’t prove that it wasn’t me making the withdrawals? I’d eat it! That’s what.

Half the banks here don’t have video to watch the ATM withdrawals. Isn’t that right? I read that somewhere AND I’ve looked and not seen a camera ANYWHERE on the ATMs at time here.

Not too comforting. But neither is keeping cash in my house. My latest strategy is limit each account to 20,000 baht. Anyone have any good ideas for keeping safe from this kind of fraud?

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