CHIANG MAI – 17 foreigners have been apprehended by Thai Immigration Police at Riverside Condo on Chiang Mai for in a modified office for working illegally in the country after they were found providing online English courses to Chinese customers.
Pol Col Rutjapong Sarnwanangkul, superintendent of the Chiang Mai immigration police office, found they were providing English language instruction via the internet to Chinese living in China.
According to the Banagkok Post a Canadian national who was among the 17 foreigners caught, claimed to be the manager of the online language firm, found to be operated without permission.
All foreign instructors were asked to produce passports and work permits to authorities. Twelve of them carried passports but had no work permits. They were two German nationals, an Irish national, a French national, a Dutch national, two Britons, two Australians and three Americans.
Another American national had no work permit and had overstated in the country, while the remaining four foreigners had passports and work permits, but they breached work conditions, said authorities. They included the Canadian man, who served as the firm’s manager, one American, an Australian national and one Philippine national.
Meanwhile, British National Thomas (Tom) Treharne Cottrell was killed after being hit by a speeding car on the Pai road in Mae Hong Son, near the annual Jive Garden festival.
Thomas Cottrell’s was killed instantly after a driver collided with his motorcycle at high speeds. Cottrell was a Muay Thai fighter who had been living in Thailand for several years.