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Influential Thai news group Thai Rath has described Soi Nana in Bangkok as a haven for what they describe as foreign mafia.
They said that the area is increasingly unrecognizable as a part of Thailand with all the foreigners apparently allowed to set up businesses in the area by corrupt authorities.
These are would be immigrants trying to scratch a living in Thailand, they said in an unclear article that appeared to be a mishmash of news, comment and feature.
They mentioned several nationalities – mostly middle easterners – as having been allowed to openly operate in the area.
And said that now the police were beginning to crackdown after metropolitan chief Sanit Mahathavorn has got on the case after widespread corruption in the red light district.
They reported the arrest of nationals from Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.
They cited largely unspecified information that bribes of 30,000 baht were being demanded from illegal people to trade in the area. Some were involved in human trafficking and trades like selling meat, they said.
They commented that one Syrian man had been shaken down for 600,000, a story that has been reported in previous news stories.
And said that a confusing situation has developed where cops were acting outside the law.