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Russian woman begging with baby in Bangkok sparks debate amongst Thais online

Photos of a foreign woman begging with her baby in Bangkok have sparked debate on Thai social media.

The photos show the woman, believed to be Russian, trying to sell photos of her baby around the Chatuchak area of Bangkok.

The woman claims she had been left broke and destitute after being dumped by her husband and was trying to raise funds to purchase and plane tickets so she could leave Thailand.

The photos posted on Facebook on Sunday have been shared more than 17,000 times and sparked much debate by Thais commenting online.

Some people came to the defence of the woman questioning how a father could leave their child in that situation.

Others said that it wasn’t the responsibility of Thai people to help the woman and that she should contact her embassy for assistance.

Some commenting had little sympathy for the woman and compared her to other so called ‘beg-packers’ who beg for money or sell souvenirs in order to fund their travelling.

Others questioned if it was legal for foreigners to beg in Thailand and urged an agency to get involved with the woman’s plight, for the sake of her child if nothing else.

One Facebook user named Angkhana Promyat said they had met the woman and had been in contact with the police who were trying to help provide some assistance in the matter.

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