Thailand Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Thailand’s black market. Intelligence data and security threat information collected from news articles and public data sources.

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According to figures released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 227 million methamphetamine pills were seized across East and Southeast Asia in 2012. The number of pills seized was a 59 percent increase from the 142 million seized in 2011.

(See all facts about meth.)

Back in 2007, criminal justice programs seized 25 million pills across East and Southeast Asia.

102.2 million meth pills in 2012 were seized in China, followed by Thailand with 95.3 million meth pills seized, and Myanmar had 18.2 million pills seized.

(Price of Meth by country.)

Source:  Associated Press, “UN Says Asia Meth Seizures Hit Highs in 2012,” ABC News, November 8, 2013.

In a study of global commercial truck drivers, nearly half of drivers tested postive to using alcohol when driving, and 30 percent used amphetamines to stay awake during long trips.

The study conducted by the Universidada Estadual de Londrina in Brazil found that the number of users varied widely by country. In Brazil, 91 percent of truck drivers stated that they drank alcohol while working, compared to 9 percent in Pakistan.

83 percent of truck drivers in Thailand tested positive for amphetamines, compared to 0.2 percent in Norway.

In the United States, 12.5 percent of commercial drivers tested positive for alcohol.

The Federal Highway Police in Brazil stated that marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and LSD were all easily found at gas stations and rest stop locations. Brazil has the most traffic accidents in the world.

(More meth facts and abuse information.)

Source:  Kathyrn Doyle, “Drug use high among commercial truck drivers: study,” Reuters, October 25, 2013.

An online prostitution syndicate that was broken up by police was found to have been charging customers $111 to $119 (140 to 150 Singaporean Dollars) for a 90 minuet session.

The syndicate recruited women from Thailand and operated an apartment in Singapore. If the pimps paid for the woman’s travel to Singapore, then the woman’s earnings from the first 20 customers would be kept by the group. After the 20th customer, then the woman and the house would split the earnings in half.

(Cost to hire a prostitute.)

Source:  Kimberly Spykerman, “Online prostitution syndicate mastermind pleads guilty to offences,” Channel News Asia, September 26, 2013.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) consume 70 percent of all the heroin that is abused in the East Asia and Pacific Region.

Up to 65 tonnes of heroin is used by addicts in China each year. In order to meet the demand, 90 percent of all heroin that is produced in the Golden Triangle (Laos, Myanmar and Thailand) is trafficked to China. Laos has also begun increasing its opium production, with an increase of 66 percent of opium farming taking place in the country in 2011.

Criminal justice and public health programs in China have officially registered 1.2 million heroin addicts in the country.

(Price of heroin by country.)

Source:  David Elmer, “It’s happy hour for the heroin traffickers of the Golden Triangle,” South China Morning Post, September 26, 2013.

The head of the Anti-Money Laundering Office in Thailand stated that over $3.7 Billion (120 Million Thai Baht) was laundered out of Thailand in 2011. The amount of money laundered is equal to 12.16 percent of Thailand’s GDP.

Half of the funds that was laundered was generated from illegal gambling, with the rest of the funds being generated from black market activities.

Source:  “Thai laundered money ‘mostly from gambling’,” Phuket News, September 4, 2013.

As of August 2013, the reported street price for a Yaba tablet in Thailand was $6.21 (200 Thai Baht).

Yaba is a mix of methamphetamine and caffeine that is crushed into powder and is snorted, smoked or injected.

75 percent of drug addicts seeking treatment in Thailand are addicted to yaba.

To increase sales, drug dealers coat the drug in candy flavors such as chocolate and strawberry to target children. The drugs are then offered for sale on social media sites such as Facebook.

In the Golden Triangle region, the black market in yaba generates up to $8.5 Billion in revenue.

(How much it costs to buy meth)

Source:  Kate Hodal, “Meth drug makers lure children in Thailand with sweet-coated yaba pills,” Guardian, August 27, 2013.

According to a study conducted by the Social Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University, 64 percent of citizens in Thailand gambled within the past year, and 63 percent started gambling before they were 24 years old.

Based upon their findings, the study estimates that there are more people illegally gambling than participating in the government lottery.

An estimated 19,923,643 people are believed to participate in an underground lottery in Thailand, compared to 19,211,727 people who play the government lottery.

3,125,705 people illegally gamble at unlicensed gambling dens across Thailand.

There are between 700,000 to 1,000,000 illegal casinos and gambling dens located across Thailand, handling between $21 Billion to $27 Billion in wagers.

(Read more on illegal betting and lotteries.)

Source:  “Study reveals truth behind Thailand’s gambling addiction,” Nation, August 16, 2013.

An estimated 1.4 billion methamphetamine tablets, known as Yaba in the region, are produced each year in the Golden Triangle region consisting of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand.

The street value of the tablets are estimated to be worth $8.5 Billion a year.

In Thailand, there are an estimated 600,000 yaba users in the country.

(Methamphetamine Facts and Statistics.)

Source:  AFP, “Thailand Fights Drug Gangs In Golden Triangle With Help From China,” Huffington Post, July 18, 2013.

A human smuggler in Thailand can make a profit of $320 (10,000 Thai Baht) for each Myanmar adult that is smuggled into Thailand. The profit is based after the costs that the smuggler must pay, such as bribes and costs associated with operating their boat.

The costs of the bribes when paying police and security service officials are as follows:

Thai navy boats usually earn about $65 (2,000 baht) for allowing a smuggling boat to pass through without action, and police in Thailand collect $160 (5,000 baht) for each migrant, or $6,100 (500,000 baht) for a boat filled with 100 migrants.

(More corruption in police services here.)

Source:  Padang Besar, “Thai authorities implicated in Rohingya Muslim smuggling network,” Reuters, July 17, 2013.

A charity in Thailand states that children from Cambodia are sold to human traffickers for $300 and end up working in Pattaya, Thailand.

According to a report in the BBC, Pattay is  “A sleazy tourist town on the Gulf of Thailand, it has become infamous as a sordid magnet for trafficked children and paedophiles.”

(More prices of human trafficking victims.)

Source:  Jonah Fisher, “A Thai family’s desperate search for their missing daughter,” BBC News, June 17, 2013.