The President of the Andaman Guide Association has clarified about a rumor about officers allegedly extorting money from a Saudi Arabian tourist.
The story came to light after this week an unidentified tour guide spoke out on a Thai television news program following national news around the extortion of a Taiwanese Actress. He said a tour guide in Phuket messaged him about corrupt law enforcement officers allegedly placing illegal drugs on a Saudi Arabian tourist. They then extorted money from the tourist of roughly one million baht.
Mr. Krit Thepbamrung, President of the Andaman Guide Association said, “We have checked this statement out and found that this issue happened a long time ago and we were not sure if it was true about the extortion. The person who brought this issue back ages after it allegedly happened has damaged Phuket tourism.”
“We need to be more careful when we want to say something. We have to check first unless it will go viral around the world. Tourists who heard about this might not want to visit Phuket.” Krit concluded.