Two Thai women, genuinely excited at being in the heart of London this month, were shocked and dismayed when they fell victim to a coordinated pickpocket attack as they crossed a street at Cambridge Circus.
The duos were making a video for friends in Thailand and inadvertently, captured the robbery as it happened including footage of the three female thieves.
The gang stole a purse with £400 from the Thai women and ruined the excursions that the two friends had planned for a long time. Despite the video, which they have handed into the Metropolitan Police in the city, it is reported that no arrests have been made.
Things began to go wrong as the pair were accosted without knowing it, by a well organised gang of three pickpockets. As the cheerful and enthusiastic Thai women crossed the road chattering away, they fell victim to the cynical stealth and deceit of the three, well dressed and presented female thieves.
The Thai women report that the incident ruined their time together in London. $400 might not be a lot of money from some of the high flyers living in London but for these Thai women, it is. The women have said that they are disappointed by their experience of London. ‘It’s sad that this had to spoil our trip. I hope the police can catch them so that it doesn’t happen to other people.’
The victims targeted are mostly tourists at key transports interactions and tourist spots. It is also reported that Asian women are particularly targeted by the gangs.
With more Thai women living abroad with foreign husbands in European and western countries and a rising middle class in Thailand, many Thai people are now holidaying abroad. Even Thai people with lower income jobs are now prioritizing foreign holidays as a key personal goal. Countries with iconic images such as Switzerland, France and of course the United Kingdom are the top favorites.
This news report comes weeks after the Thai embassy in Sweden came out to warn Thai travelers to Sweden to be aware of the heightened threat from crime in that kingdom. Many Thai women are also married to Swedish men and there is now a long tradition of Thai emigration to Sweden including Thai wives and short term workers on Swedish farms.
The elaborate and detailed warning went on to warn Thai people visiting Sweden of confidence tricksters asking directions in the street including those asking the helpful and friendly Thai visitors to take photos while they rob and steal from them. They warned Thai visitors to Sweden not be as trusting as in Thailand of new found friends in Swedish cities such as Stockholm.