Bangkok Police Raid Treatment Centre to Extort Money from Drug Users
Thai police find easy prey by raiding treatment center and allegedly planting drugs on injection drug users.
The Canadian organization, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, which runs a treatment program for injection drug users in Bangkok Thailand, has accused the Thai police in Bangkok of raiding a treatment center to extort money out of injection drug users.
It’s a tactic health workers call ‘a serious ethical violation’.
The police apparently set up a ‘pseudo sting’ at the treatment center and then planted drugs on the arrested victims – with half those arrested claiming to have paid bribes to the police for their release.
In a statement, the Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS said, "This form of drug planting was found to be associated with numerous health-related harms including syringe sharing and drug-related overdose.”