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THAILAND'S SWINE FLU CASES GROWING - PEDOPHILE PERMITTED TO LEAVE PRISON - A musician working on a cruise ship which docked in Pattaya for a day walked around the beach area and remarked after the experience, "Boy there are lot of hookers there."

 

Saturday July 18, 2009 - Update July 22, 2009

THE RACE TO DECADENCE

With countries attempting to bolster their economy with tourist dollars the inevitable comes about sex, drugs and crime. It is evidenced in tourist hot spots such as Pattaya, Thailand and Sihanoukville, Cambodia where in the past few years their have been numerous arrests of pedophiles.

A musician working on a cruise ship which docked in Pattaya for a day walked around the beach area and remarked after the experience, "Boy there are lot of hookers there."

A Persian man from London, England and Dubai whom we met at a birthday party in Sihanoukville several years ago sent us a link to a story regarding Dubai. The young man is not a Muslim but obviously the conduct of some foreigners disturbed him enough for him to alert us what was going on in his country.

The article described how young British tourists visiting the now descried Dubai as being the Las Vegas of the Middle East were conducting themselves in a shameful manner by wearing skimpy clothing, excessive drinking of alcohol, having sex in public in Muslim state. Two of the perpetrators were 36 and 34 years of age. Though warned that their behavior was against the law the continued their disrespectful conduct and are now subject to a six year jail term.

The link to the story: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1414337.ece


THAILAND'S SWINE FLU CASES GROWING

There are an alarming number of H1N1 Swine flu cases being reported in Thailand. We first started to track the numbers reported on Channel News Asia (CNA) and Australia's ABC News Network July 5th. Within a 10 day period the cases reported almost doubled from 2076 July 5th to over 4,000 July 15th.

Thailand reported 24 deaths form the virus on July 15th which is the highest death rate in the Asian Pacific region. Also in the 15th it was reported by CNA that The Thai government has ordered 2 million doses of vaccine but due to the backlog of orders they won't be delivered until the end of the year. Also on the 15TH it was reported that Thailand closed over 4,500 schools.

DATE
CASES
DEATHS
SOURCE
NOTE
July 5
2076
-
Channel News Asia (CNA)
-
6
2200
-
Channel News Asia (CNA)
160 students
10
2925
14
Channel News Asia (CNA)
-
13
3883
21
Channel News Asia (CNA)
-
15
4000 plus
24
Channel News Asia (CNA)
over 450 schools closed - ABC
22
NA
38
Channel News Asia (CNA)
-

 


PEDOPHILE PERMITTED TO LEAVE PRISON

As reported on the front page of Wednesday's June 24th Cambodia Daily a Russian businessman who was sentenced to a 17-year jail term for having sex with 17 minors is receiving special treatment and is not being punished. The headline reads Official Arrested In Forgery Plot To free Pedophile. Since the sentence was issued the prisoner has been seen OUT OF JAIL at the Hawaii Beach in Sihanoukville (name now changed to Preah Sihanouk) overseeing construction of a business investment with the parents of some of the young girls that he abused looking on.

The Russian's company signed a 99-year lease with the Cambodian government and agreed to invest US $300 million to develop an island in Sihanoukville as a shopping and tourist resort. It wasn't clear what he intended to stock the island with for tourists shopping.

The Daily followed up on the story the following day with another front page article in their Thursday June 25th edition headlined that the Pedophile Was Permitted To Leave Prison. The piece also notes that the prisoner was permitted to leave the prison on three occasions and the official in charge of the prison says that he didn't break the law. The corruption issue was pointed out while noting that a government official accepted US $250,000 to forge documents to have the prisoner sent back to Russia.

In a related feature story the Cambodia Daily which had a front page photo of an arrested German pedophile with the cover of their June 13-14 Weekend magazine edition with the headline reading The Pedophile Problem, Child Abusers Target Sihanoukville. The 3 page story begins on page 4 and is titled The Dark Side of Paradise while noting that a lax legal system makes Sihanoukville an ideal destination for predators. Bernard Krisher the publisher of the Cambodia Daily was formerly the Asian editor for Newsweek magazine.

The most alarming revelation is that there was a lack of a background check by the government. It has come to light the individual is on Interpol's wanted list as a CHILD SEX OFFENDER in Russia.

For Cambodia Daily back issues contact:

www.cambodiadaily.com

Email: editor@cambodiadaily.com


RAIN SEASON

Its rain season in the Southeast Asian region and what that means is it's not a good time to travel to the area. The season is starting late and farmers are concerned that is they don't receive the expected seasonal monsoons the rice crop won't be fruitful.

For those who enjoy lying on the beach in sunshine the clear days are there but not as plentiful during this time of the year. The good news is hotel prices are lowered due to the low occupancy rate during the rain season.


NEW AIRPORT IN CAMBODIA

July 27th is the scheduled opening of the Sihanoukville airport. According to the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism at this time there isn't a commercial airline that has scheduled flights to the destination. Chartered flights from Siem Reap will most likely be to first to use the facility.

Dr Beat in Siem Reap

Dr. Beat Richner is most notably known for two things... building children's hospitals in Cambodia and playing the cello. Dr. Beat performs in Siem Reap at Jayvarman Hospital Saturday nights from 7:15 to 8:00pm.


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