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THAILAND: E-cigarette and tourism, a Frenchwoman returns on her "Calvary" in the country

THAILAND: E-cigarette and tourism, a Frenchwoman returns on her "Calvary" in the country

Remember, it was in February! Cécilia Cornu, a French tourist declares having experienced the worst vacation of his life because of his e-cigarette. For a people newspaper well known, she returns on her stay in "hell".


IDYLLIC HOLIDAYS THAT GO TO THE NIGHTMARE BECAUSE OF AN E-CIGARETTE?


It must have been his first vacation shared with his parents, his little brother and his fiancé. Fifteen idyllic days in Thailand. A well deserved relaxation for these Varois who work hard in their family bakery La Farlède. " It was a little girl's dream, entrusts Cécilia Cornu, the country seemed heavenly. I could not wait to be there. But, just arrived in Karon, on the west coast of Phuket, the trip turns into a nightmare.

« The second day, I was on a scooter with my boyfriend. My parents and my brother followed us. I had my electronic cigarette in my hand. Four policemen arrested us. They snatched me the vixen, explaining that it was forbidden. I did not know, I apologized. I did not understand what was happening. Until they ask me 40 000 bahts, which equals 2 100 euros. They were negotiating, getting angry when I asked for a bill. I refused to pay. "Handcuffed, Cécilia is embarked at the police station under the eyes of his family helpless.

For seven hours she will be interrogated, unable to drink or go to the bathroom. " My father managed to reach the French Embassy who sent us a translator. To be entitled, it was necessary to pay 47 000 bahts, 1 300 euros. Pending my trial, my passport has been confiscated. I needed a defender. And there, as if by magic, this gentleman became a lawyer! After paying bail, I was released. Incapable of enjoying the stay, Cecilia collapses under the demands of Bakshish.

Expense of the procedure, police, prosecutor, fingerprint analysis, the list is endless. A week later, she is fined 23 euros. " Relief ! But the troubles are only to start.

Sent to the immigration services to pick up her passport, she is told that she is being deported, at her expense, to Bangkok, where she will be four days in prison. « There were about sixty women forced to sleep on the floor. In one dirty room. I was afraid of never getting out of this cage.".

To recover her papers and be released, Cecilia has no choice, she distributes the bribes: " In all, I spent the equivalent of 8 000 euros. The corruption in this country is shocking. "Mid-February, the young woman was finally able to find France, but remains traumatized:" I feel very anxious. And rebellious. If my family and my fiance had not been there to support me and pay for me, I would still be in prison. My goal now is to warn all those who are planning a trip to Thailand to be in danger ...«

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