||Beggar Control Act BE 2559 .
||Elimination of forced labour; Equality of opportunity and treatment
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||Legislation on-line Parliament of Thailand PDF of Act in Thai (consulted on 2017-01-30)
||This Act repeals the 1941 Act on Control of Begging. Makes begging in the street an offence.Sections 6 to 12 stipulate the competent authorities to deal with the control of begging and sets out their responsibilities and duties. Section 13 provides that begging is to be prohibited, sets out the definition of begging and provides for exceptions. Makes it an offence to force anyone to beg. Under section 23, all offenses are punishable with imprisonment not exceeding one month and/or a ten thousand baht fine. Penalties for traffickers and those seeking to benefit from begging are more severe: prison sentences of up to three years and fines as high as 30,000 baht. Government officials found complicit face more extreme punishments: up to five years in jail and/or up to 50,000 baht in fines.