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    Australian woman Claire pleads for help from Thai detention centre

    A Sydney woman has sent a desperate plea to friends, asking for help after being detained in a Thai detention centre after trying to fly home from Bangkok.


    Claire Johnson, who describes herself as medical tourism promoter, photographer and freelance journalist, was on her way home after spending a year abroad on a travelling and working holiday, when she sent a message that read “help me” to a friend in Australia.


    The recipient of the text message, Juliet Potter, told news.com.au the frantic texts were received Monday afternoon, and that she hasn’t been able to contact her friend Ms Johnson since.


    According to Ms Potter, Ms Johnson — a mother of two — was reportedly due back in Sydney on January 8th 2019, but instead she was detained and has been in a detention centre in Bangkok ever since.


    Ms Potter believes Ms Johnson might have “outstayed her visa by accident”, which is why she’s been held by authorities.


    Her last Facebook update, which was posted on the day she was due to arrive home, read “All adventures end with a bang bang” while checking in to Bangkok.


    “Claire went overseas to travel and work for a year, and was on her way back through Thailand to come home to Sydney,” Ms Potter told news.com.au.


    “After her divorce, she basically sold everything and went overseas by herself, and it was time for her to come home back to Sydney. She was going to stay in a flat I have when she got home. I was excited to have my friend back … but looks like that’s not happening any time soon.”


    Ms Potter, who works at a Sydney PR firm, said Ms Johnson was asked to pay a fine by police and have a current plane ticket booked in order to leave the country. It is understood another friend of Ms Johnson’s paid the 3000 Baht fine ($A130) and put her on a Garuda flight on Saturday 12th January to return back to Sydney.


    But Ms Johnson claims she was still unable to leave the detention centre on the weekend, despite paying the fine and having an airfare book, prompting her to send a string of desperate texts to Ms Potter for further assistance.



    “Help me,” Ms Johnson’s text to Ms Potter read. “Call yhe (sic) media.


    “Help. Goita go. Theu (sic) r taking my phone cant talk. So scared.”


    Ms Potter, who has transferred her friend a total of $900 since last week, said Ms Johnson’s final text were the last messages she’d received from her friend since Monday, and believes she could be in “great trouble” in the detention centre.


    “I feel like I should’ve done something sooner,” she said.


    “I’m extremely concerned for her … God knows where she is and who she’s with. There’s just no detail on where she is.


    “She’s a very attractive woman and I am concerned for her. She’s the mother of two children. She just needs to come back home.”



    Claire Johnson, centre, works in nursing around the world.Source:Supplied








    In a statement to news.com.au, The Department of Foreign affairs and Trade said they are providing assistance to “an Australian woman detained in Thailand”.


    “The Department of Foreign affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand in accordance with the Consular Services Charter,” the statement read.


    “For privacy reasons we are unable to provide further details.”

    https://www.news.com.au/travel/trave...399e44641d643d

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    She’s the mother of two children
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    She’s a very attractive woman and I am concerned for her.
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    there is obviously more to the story than her just rocking up to the airport with a ticket and ready to pay the fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    there is obviously more to the story than her just rocking up to the airport with a ticket and ready to pay the fine
    “The Department of Foreign affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand in accordance with the Consular Services Charter,” the statement read.

    And I would imagine the normal procedure is to contact her family and tell them what shit she is in, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    And I would imagine the normal procedure is to contact her family and tell them what shit she is in, no?
    I would imagine so. Thus, what did she do that her friend isn't saying. Is it something naughty that may prejudice the forthcoming Gofundme?

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    "tourism promoter, photographer and freelance journalist"

    Working without a valid visa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    "tourism promoter, photographer and freelance journalist"

    Working without a valid visa?
    Work-permit, probably.


    Obviously more to the story.

    Doesn't seem to be any beermats involved in this one, so well could be working without a work permit.

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    “She’s a very attractive woman and I am concerned for her. She’s the mother of two children. She just needs to come back home.”

    Apparently just remembered she has children after 1 year away.

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    The other people in that picture are obviously Thai hospital staff...and she doesn't look sick.

    I'd say some of her 'work in nursing around the world' has been in Thailand, most likely without a permit.

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    Yeah, helping Thais is no defense when it comes to labor law and work permit violations.



    Of course she could have been stopped for some minor overstay, gotten mouthy, told them to fok off, and is being given some attitude adjustment therapy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    got mouthy
    This is what I believe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    gotten mouthy, told them to fok off
    She is Australian after all.

    So yeah...PC Plodprasop got suspicious, asked her some questions about photos on her phone of her with hospital staff who look like colleagues...she got gobby about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Yeah, helping Thais is no defense when it comes to labor law and work permit violations. Of course she could have been stopped for some minor overstay, gotten mouthy, told them to fok off, and is being given some attitude adjustment therapy.
    Yea, think ya got that one, probably another foreigner suffering' from "foot-in-mouth" disease - I know my rights

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    god only knows what she has been up to,or does he.
    7yrs.ago i helped someone find out why his partner was behing held exactly the same way as this case,i wish i hadnt it broke him,to find out why she was being held.that is after being together for 10yrs.

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    So...why?

    You tease, you.

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    If she posted that photo and others about how she's working/helping people in a hospital on the net, someone likely grassed her out. Some of the chip-on-the-shoulder Thais would get some pleasure from seeing her taken down a few notches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    helped someone find out why his partner was behing held exactly the same way as this case
    Yup, there are a few questions where you're better off not knowing the answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Yup, there are a few questions where you're better off not knowing the answer
    I do know now its best to follow the thai way,KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

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    ...but dangle a carrot in conversation to get people interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    god only knows what she has been up to,or does he.
    7yrs.ago i helped someone find out why his partner was behing held exactly the same way as this case,i wish i hadnt it broke him,to find out why she was being held.that is after being together for 10yrs.
    Working as a hooker without a work permit?

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    They said what quantity of drugs she was caught with yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    describes herself as a medical tourism promoter

    Claire Johnson, centre, works in nursing around the world.Source:Supplied


    Certainly looks like a work-permit thing. Probably a go-between/agent for hospitals and Aussie/overseas patients coming here for medical tourism. No work-permit. Hello clinky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Some of the chip-on-the-shoulder Thais would get some pleasure from seeing her taken down a few notches.
    Especially if it was a Thai guy that tried to fuck her, but was rejected.

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    She needs to pay off her "foreign" pimp, hence more cash required.

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