It’s only a matter of time before more reports like this come out. The headline reads, “Thailand can be a haven for those fleeing the United States.” From Statesman.com:
In downtown Bangkok, street vendors offer forged American driver's licenses for about $35. Medical clinics provide plastic surgery for a fraction of U.S. prices. Hotel owners often look the other way if guests give false names.
The combination of lax law enforcement, easy hospitality and thousands of backwater towns has attracted a wide roster of fugitives to Thailand and other nations in Southeast Asia.
Fugitives are attracted to Southeast Asia partly because of lax enforcement of immigration laws, experts said.
The problem is clear in the Khao San district of Bangkok, where [Morgan] Hoke was detained last week. Residents and tourists said many hotels do not ask guests to register with their passport numbers, as required by Thai law.
So clearly it's the fault of 100-baht guesthouses. It confuses me how wanted criminals get out of their home countries in the first place. Nobody can deny that there have been a number of high-profile cases of fugitives caught in Thailand, but I don’t like the way the media is starting to present Thailand as a lawless state. These criminals usually come to Thailand via other Southeast Asian countries, but no questions are being asked of those nations.
From the same report:
Thai immigration police used information Hoke had listed on customs forms to find her within hours of receiving her name and photograph from the FBI.