Phuket Police Chief needs 5,000 more officers to protect tourists from “mafia-style” crime

Fears over safety of tourists in Phuket – Telegraph, March 14, 2013
… “Phuket has more than its fair share of troubles,” he said, “from aggressive taxi drivers, to jet ski operators looking to scam tourists, bag snatchers and young disenfranchised kids out to cause trouble.
“Much of the island is run by mafias and the police are not always sympathetic to foreigners’ complaints. Single female travelers are advised to be vigilant while out at night, as sexual assaults on foreigners in Thailand are on the rise…”

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