Officials of at least seven government agencies are taking bribes from business operators at Ao Nang beach of Krabi province in return for not fully enforcing the law on them, according to Ekawit Pinyothamnothai, president of the Krabi Tourism Industry Council.
Mr Ekawit said he had received this information from business operators. Most affected are entertaining venues and businesses involving use of transnational migrant workers and sales of pirated merchandise at tourist spots in Tambon Ao Nang.
The business operators said they had to pay bribes to government officials of more than seven agencies between 2,000 and 30,000 baht each per month. They included local police, regional police and administrative officials.
The amounts of the bribes are based on the sizes of businesses.
Mr Ekawit said the business operators have called for the government to strictly enforce the law to get rid of this practice, which has affected the operators who have legally run their businesses.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)