The Gambling ban in Thailand is not working as intended; in fact, it is being counterproductive as the number of people participating in gambling activities is on the rise, claims a study.
According to the findings of a survey conducted by the Research Centre for Social and Business Development, the number of people who are involved with some form of gambling has risen by 1.5 million in the past two years.
The survey which saw a participation of 44,050 residents across 77 provinces aged 15+ found that there were 30.4m Thais (57% of the population) who participated in some form of gambling this year.
The study also finds that about 733,000, representing 2.4 percent of the total of those participating in gambling were aged between 15 to 18 years. While in the age group 19 to 25, 36.3 percent were involved with gambling, those aged 60+ had 42.2 percent gambling participants.
Thailand has also witnessed a rise in the number of China-facing illegal gambling rings in recent years. Last month, 19 Chinese nationals were arrested following a raid on an illegal online gambling den in the country’s tourism hub, Pattaya.
According to the police sources the group was making to the tune of 8 million baht in daily turnover. The illegal online gambling den was being run from three condominium rooms in Pattaya.
Earlier in June, the Thai authorities detained 54 accused on charges of illegal gambling.
Of the 54 detained 24 are Malaysians. The accused were arrested after the police in Betong town raided empty premises where illegal gambling operations were being carried out.