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Two non-Thai photographers arrested in Phuket

Mar 30. 2017
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By The Nation

Police have arrested a Chinese man and a stateless hill-tribe man for allegedly working as photographers for hire for foreign tourists wanting to arrange pre-wedding photos.

Tourist Police and Immigration Police joined forces to make the arrests at the Chaitharam Temple in tambon Chalong in Mueang district and on Tin Road in tambon Talad Yai in Mueang district, which are popular destinations for pre-wedding photos.

The arrests were made following complaints of local photographers.

Li Ming Xing, 25, was arrested at the temple while Avoy Chathor, 22, a resident of Chiang Rai’s Mae Suay district, was arrested at Tin Road. Avoy is the stateless person.

They were charged with working in a profession reserved for Thais. 

Xing told police he was hired by a company in China to take pre-wedding photos for Chinese tourists and Avoy worked as his assistant.

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