ILLEGAL PHUKET TAXI DRIVER TRIES TO RAPE YOUNG TOURIST – For a long time foreign Honoury Consuls and Ambassadors have pleaded with the Thai Government and Phuket’s local authorities to end illegal taxis and introduce safe public transport on the holiday island.
There have been numerous talks with Thai Officials and illegal taxi drivers, all of whom are controlled by influential, powerful and corrupted officials. The results have always been the same; the officials demand change and the taxi drivers threaten road blocks and violence in order to maintain their grip on extorting tourist with exorbitant fares.
In this latest incident a young Chinese tourist reported to the Police that a taxi driver picked her up from Phuket International Airport, locked her in his taxi for hours, keeping her prisoner and tried to rape her.
The 19 year old tourist detailed her ordeal with two Thai women who eventually helped her escape and seek assistance from the police.
The young tourist has detailed her ordeal to the press and stated that the Thai Police were reluctant to file a report of rape or abduction in order to protect the image of tourism.
Local reporters have contacted the Chinese Deputy Consul who stated that he had no report from the Thai Police and that this is a clear violation of protocol and neglect.
Many Consuls have noted that standards of communication and the acknowledgement of crime against foreign nationals have slipped since the once quarterly meetings were ceased by the Governor of Phuket in September 2012. This is seen by many as an attempt to hide the rising crime against tourists and allows for rape, muggings, scams and even murder to be conveniently ignored or swept under the carpet.
In her report to the police she detailed how the taxi driver locked her in his taxi and drove around the island for hours insisting that he would not let her go until she had sex with him. He repeatedly pulled over and attempted to grab her breasts and kiss her. The ordeal lasted over 4 hours and ended after the taxi driver ran out of fuel at approximately 9pm.
As the taxi driver left her locked in the vehicle to get fuel two Thai women were alerted by her screams and banging on the window pleading for help.
When the taxi driver returned he was confronted by the two Thai women and told them that the young girl didn’t know where she wanted to go and he was therefore driving around trying to help her find suitable hotel accommodation.
The two Thai women asked to remain anonymous as they feared repercussions from the Taxi Mafia.
The two women took the young girl to the Tourist Police but they showed little interest and refused to take notes. After failing to get the Tourist Police to deal with the allegation she was then taken to the Phuket City Police Station however they said that this was outside their jurisdiction and referred the matter back to the Tourist Police.
After being forced to take action the Tourist Police announced that the taxi driver had been arrested but denied attempted rape, abduction or kidnapping. According to the young girl’s report she scratched the taxi driver’s arms on more than one occasion and indeed the taxi driver’s arms were scratched. The taxi driver was tested for drugs which proved positive.
It has long been believed that the Taxi Mafia have a hold over the island’s transport system but in a society bathed in corruption, intimidate, violence and murder it is unlikely that any public transport system will be introduced anytime soon.
As reports continue to go public regarding Phuket’s reputation of being unsafe the tourist numbers continue to dwindle and tourists opt for safer holiday destinations. This situation will continue to worsen as the authorities fail to enforce law and order on the holiday island.
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