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Taiwanese women say they were robbed in Thai villa while they slept

Staff writer, with CNA

Six Taiwanese women traveling in Pattaya, Thailand, earlier this week said that they think they were robbed after being knocked out during the night and losing all their cash.

The six women said they booked a villa in Pattaya over the Internet, but when they arrived on Thursday, the clerk gave excuses about why the room did not have a key and suggested they leave their bags in the room and go for a walk.

When the women returned to the room it had a fishy smell, they said, adding that they informed the clerk, but nothing was done.

The telephone in the room did not work and the French windows could not be locked, the women said.

The women were all asleep by 1am, they said, adding that when they awoke they found the window open and their wallets scattered on the floor.

The women said they lost more than 70,000 baht (US$2,020) and asked the clerk to report the matter to the police, but did not get a response.

However, with the assistance of an overseas Chinese community leader in Thailand, they were able to file a police report.

The women said that the villa only passively assisted in preparing a report for police and said that the women should have kept their valuables in the room’s safe deposit box.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the case is being handled by Thai police, and Taiwan’s representative office in Thailand is also assisting.

The women are scheduled to return to Taiwan today.

The ministry said that people need to be careful with their valuables and pay attention to their personal safety when traveling overseas.

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