Russian Woman Arrested at Salon on Pha Ngan Island For Allegedly Working Illegally

Surat Thani –

A Russian woman was arrested at a salon on the Pha Ngan Island in Surat Thani for allegedly working illegally.

The Koh Pha Ngan Police told the Phuket Express that in the past week they arrested a suspect identified only as MS. MARIANA, 39, a Russian national, at a house in the Baan Tai sub-district.

The arrest followed after police were notified from local concerned citizens that a Russian woman was performing salon services for foreign customers about six months ago. In front of the salon was a clothing shop to hide the salon shop from the eyes of Thais.

MS. MARIANA was found to have entered Thailand with a NON-Resident visa. She was taken to the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station to face charges of working illegally.

The Phuket Express notes that barbers and salon workers are a protected Thai occupation and foreigners cannot work in this field or obtain work permits to do so.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.