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Beach operators in Koh Samui furious that their livelihoods are being threatened by hordes of begging Cambodian and Vietnamese children have come up with a way out for the authorities.
Charge the begging and garland selling eight year olds with taking Thai jobs!
The suggestion comes after beach operators in Chaweng have got fed up with 8 – 13 year old foreign children pestering tourists and impacting their businesses, reported Daily News.
They have got increasing bothered as after many years the authorities have just given up on the problem, at a loss as to how to charge the youngsters.
So business people at the beach turned to reporters who went to investigate the problem for themselves.
They found many children selling flowers and garlands or outright begging all over Chaweng in entertainment venues and restaurants.
They befriended the tourists then pestered them continually causing annoyance, said the reporters. If they refused to play ball the tourists were further hassled.
Authorities said that every time they cleared the kids out they just came back. They could not be charged like adults.
No one suggested the idea of going after their parents in the report.
Instead the operators suggested that if all else has failed the authorities should charge them under the labour law with taking Thai jobs, because, they claimed, that is exactly what is happening.
Thai Visa / Daily News