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23rd September

 Offsite: Corruption...

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Why is Thailand So Corrupt:

See article from bangkokpost.com

 

17th August   

Red Tape...

More documents to show for those making 90 day reports to Thai Immigration
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Those with yearly visa extension have to report their address to Thai Iimmigration every 90 days.

There are several reports saying that the required documentation list has increased.

Along with the TM47 reporting form visa holders have to provide:

  • Photocopies of their main passport page, Thai visa, departure card
  • Photocopy of official document verifying address, eg utility bills. Maybe not so easy if they are all in a Thai partner's name

 

19th July   

Law Laid Bare...

Legality of nudity in GoGo bars...or not
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Public nudity, such as tourists on a beach is a petty crime, punishable by a fine of 500 baht. But what about nudity in entertainment and nightlife? That, too, is illegal. As with beach nudity, those going nude in private clubs and bars are considered to be doing so in public, because it can be seen by members of the public, however willing.

Furthermore, the same Section 388 prohibits revealing clothing in the same context. There is no hard and fast definition of revealing clothing and this is defined by Thai custom and local tradition and the context of the act.

However these laws are little enforced. From the point of view of the law-enforcement tax dollar, arresting a bunch of low-income go-go dancers and fining them each 500 baht is not a high priority. However there are periodic crackdowns where the police do in fact make arrests for nude dancing.

So what happens if you're innocently sitting in a nightclub enjoying a little nude entertainment and the police show up and start arresting people? Generally, under Section 106 of the code, you cannot, because violations of Section 388 are petty crimes and supporters of petty crimes are not punishable.

Things can get more serious if the police take the position that one or more of the nude dancers is a prostitute, or that there are prostitutes on the premises, all of the penalties in connection with prostitution would be applicable. For example, Section 6 of the Prevention and Supression of Prostitution Act BE 2539 provides that anyone mingling in a place of prostitution for the purpose of prostitution of others or themselves shall be imprisoned for up to a month and a fine.


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