The popular island appears to plunge into one scandal after another, such as the unlicensed "black plate" taxis scamming tourists, shadowy moguls illegally snapping up lands from the locals, and not to mention the arrest of sex show business owners.

Earlier this week, President of Entertainment Businesses Association in Patong Beach, Mr. Weerawich Krueasombat, revealed yet another woe plaguing Phuket′s tourism business, claiming that 17 different state agencies are involved in massive extortion scheme against local businesses.

According to Mr. Weerawich, in each month owners of venues located in Patong Beach are forced to pay in total of THB 9 million bribery to these organisations - which he did not name. Some venues are coerced in paying double or even triple of the fee as some of the agencies separately sent their own agents to collect the bribery.

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