Relationships between and Lao and foreigners
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2012 11:54 PM Last Post By: hot_lz
Oct 1, 2012 6:29 AM
Relationships between and Lao and foreignersI've seen in Lonely Planet that the sexual relationships between foreigners and Lao citizens who are not married are illegal.
Does it mean that there is quite easy way to scam farrangs? I can easily imagine a scenario: you meet a girl, after some time invite her to you and 5 min later there are (called by the hotel or working together with a girl) cops (or somebody pretending to be cop) knocking at your door and asking you for 5000 USD otherwise you go to jail, be deported or both.
Did you hear about such scam stories or this low isn't enforced and such stories never happen?
Are there other things related to this this strange low to be watch out?
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Thanks for your all your info.
Oct 1, 2012 8:24 AM
Oct 1, 2012 9:58 AM
Oct 1, 2012 10:26 AM
Oct 1, 2012 2:44 PM
4Excuse me for being rude. But you are the type I wish not to cross the border into Lao. There are much more selection from Bangkok Issan fishbowl. You are better off and will not get cheat even with lovely kaotey in Thailand.
You might get “lucky” but you are playing with fire. Lao laws are not friendly even with magic lamp.
Oct 1, 2012 6:12 PM
Oct 1, 2012 6:32 PM
Oct 2, 2012 1:47 AM
Oct 2, 2012 6:48 PM
8The law (if it is a law) is still enforced with vigour by the provincial police, but not by frequent hotel raids as far as I know.
My Lao partner of 6 years and I got hit up for $500 under this law when we went to get our marriage papers last year. They basically refused to sign the paper I needed until we admitted relations and paid up. I got them down to $300 no receipt, but it is a law that is clearly applied for pocket money rather than any moral stance.
The law does not appear in the published Family Law text (which we have), but only on a dog-eared single A4 page dated 2002 and revalidated 1998, that the police pulll out as needed.
Just last week there was a police raid in Ban Chommany in Vientiane - a french guy who have been with his lao partner many years and have a 5 year old were fleeced for $500. An australian friend got a tip-off by and spent the week in a riverside guesthouse to avoid the $500 donation. The Nai Ban (village mayor for unfamiliar readers) then offered him future immunity from any raids for $50/month -
Oct 3, 2012 1:27 AM
9Does it mean that the police target with scams Laos citizens or permanent residents rather the tourists? I can understand that that 50$/moth for a protection is a very nice supplement to their salary. Is this mafia-type behaviour usual for Laos police? But why they don't play the same game with tourists? Tourists are much easier target group then Laos citizens or permanent residents.
Oct 3, 2012 10:18 AM
Oct 3, 2012 10:24 AM
Oct 4, 2012 2:16 AM
Oct 4, 2012 6:17 AM
Maybe he is, maybe he isn't.
But it doesn't hurt to point out that in some places the state seeks to regulate the private, consensual relationships of it's citizens, ie it butts its nose into places where it has no business whatsoever.
And its also useful to point out that these laws are often used for harrassment and extortion by corrupt officials.
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