In the early morning hours of Thursday, May 25th, 2017, the police of Bangkok’s Bang Khen district had to arrest 74 individuals and confiscate over $12,900 in cash and other belongings.
Thai news outlets reported that some time after midnight on Thursday, combined forces of police and military had raided a 3-level commercial building that is located in the Tha Raeng area in the Bang Khen district in Bangkok.
News outlets reported that among the 74 arrested people were 33 women and 41 men. These were reported to have been gambling on card games, high-low dice games, and other betting games as well before they were apprehended within the building. According to Thairath Online, the police and soldiers have sized a total amount of 450,000 Thai baht in cash, along with various gambling equipment.
According to the reports, 74 arrested individuals, nine are said to be of foreign nationalities; 7 of them are women, and 2 are men. The report also states that all of them were taken into custody and will be detained for legal action for the time being.
Taking a Stand against Illegal Gambling
Just last month, the military had led a raid on another illegal gambling den that had been held in a commercial building in Soi Ratchadapisek 36, in the Chankasem area of the Chatuchak district, where it was then reported that 65 individuals were detained. The results of the raid ultimately led to the transfer of 5 senior officers of the Phahon Yothin police station in Bangkok to inactive posts.
Residents have been shocked and disgusted by this revelation, stating that the police usually visits this area once a month and that the gambling den was located next to a school and religious temple. Parents are frightened by the implications of this on their children and hope that the police can put a stop to this practice.
Gambling is prohibited in Thailand. Only betting on horse races and playing the government-sponsored Thai lottery is legally allowed. This prohibition dates all the way back to the Gambling Act of 1935. There is even a Playing Cards Act that bans individuals from owning more than 120 playing cards without the authorization from the government. But still, illegal gambling continues to exist in underground casinos and other forms of gambling establishments in Bangkok and other provincial towns, since it has been a feature in the Thai society for a very long time.