Thailand promises crime crackdown

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, has ordered a crackdown at major tourist destinations in the country targeting foreign ‘Mafia like’ gangs, scammers and illegal immigrants.

Defence Ministry’s spokesman Maj-Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich confirmed to the Thai PBS TV news channel that the deputy prime minister had ordered all security branches to crackdown on illegals residing in tourist destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket.

Thai PBS said the crackdown would focus on so-called “dark influential figures” linked to prostitution, money laundering, drug and human trafficking. Foreigners who are illegally working and resident in the country have been a target for at least two years with offenders often deported. Read more

Former Kempinski CEO faces criminal allegations

November 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

BANGKOK, 6 November 2015: Kempinski Hotels SA, issued a press statement, 2 November in Geneva, stating it has filed criminal complaints of alleged professional misconduct and fraud against the group’s former president and CEO, Reto Wittwer.

Its decision to file the complaint with Swiss criminal prosecutors was based on the results of an internal investigation carried out earlier this year.  Wittwer was the CEO for 19 years.

Although headquartered in Geneva, Kempinski Hotels is owned by the Crown Property Bureau of Thailand. The bureau’s involvement was initially through a joint venture led by the Dusit Thani Group that purchased Kempinski in 1996 for an estimated USD165 million. Dusit sold its stake in 1997 during the economic crisis and since 2004, the CPB has been the major shareholder in Kempinski Hotels.

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US arrests online pimps

August 26, 2015 by  
Filed under News, North America

NEW YORK, 26 August 2015: Seven New Yorkers were arrested and charged with promoting male prostitution on Tuesday through an “Internet brothel” offering sex to paid-subscribers across the world, prosecutors said.

The website offered services at destinations as far away as Thailand and even Afghanistan.

Website hosts thousands of paid advertisements from men, primarily offering prostitution internationally and in cities across the United States, prosecutors said.

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