BANGKOK – Authorities in Thailand are considering setting up special fast-track ‘tourist courts’ in an attempt to boost confidence in the country.
The proposal follows a rise in crimes against holidaymakers in the country’s popular tourist resorts such as Phuket and Pattaya.
Thailand’s new Minister of Tourism, Somsak Pureesrisak, wants the courts to prioritize crimes against tourists such as attacks, thefts or scams and said he would make travelers’ safety a top priority.
“The state should increase punishment against those who commit crimes like robbery and assault on tourists”, he said.
“Tourists who are the victims of thefts and robberies may have to face a lengthy trial and experience inconvenience because they only intended to stay in the country for a short time.”