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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

Did Colombo's sudden deportation of 20 Thai ladies led to detention of Sri Lankans in Bangkok?

Colombo, 19 July, ( Travel industry circles in Colombo are now abuzz as to the real reason for the sudden detention of 120 Sri Lankans in Bangkok detention compound for "overstaying their visas."

More than 120 Sri Lankans are arrested and detained in the Immigration Bureau Head Office compound located at Soi Suan Plu, Sathorn, Bangkok, on July 18.

Informed travel industry circles in Colombo said that last weeks' sudden deportation of twenty Thai passport holders from Colombo could have led to the detention of Sri Lankans in Bangkok.

Though tourists' overstaying in Sri Lanka is illegal and liable to be deported, the laws are rarely enforced in Colombo.

However, last week, in an unprecedented move, Sri Lanka immigration officials suddenly deported 20 Thai beauties for overstaying their tourist visas. Sources said that the deportation was "unusual" –the odd manner of deportation as well as the "way they were asked to leave."

The 20 Thai women entered Colombo on tourist visas. Thai passport holders arriving in Sri Lanka are entitled to "tourist visa on arrival" for a 30 days initial period which thereafter could be extended.

Most of the deported ladies reportedly frequented casinos in the city, especially the Bally's located in Colombo 3. Bally's casino drew European, Pakistani and Indian gamblers at the start, but lately, was focusing more on businessmen and entertainment seekers from Thailand.

The number of Thai ladies frequenting the Bally's and other casinos in the city had "seen a considerable rise lately", according to sources in Colombo.

- Asian Tribune -

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