To whom it may concern,
I am still trying to raise money to be able to pay to leave Thailand and a flight back to South Africa or any country where I can relocate for work to start again, having launched this fundraising campaign 2 months ago without any success yet.
Unfortunately for me, things have gone wrong again due to a broken relationship and financial difficulty, I did not have enough money to afford a visa extension and my visa expired 8 months ago. I find myself trapped in Thailand, in an impossible situation and on the wrong side of Thai law...
"A huge clampdown and series of raids and arrests has been launched by the Thai government in recent years making it more difficult for foreigners who cannot afford the financial requirements of visas or who, through lack of management skills, lose track of the paperwork and let visas expire. An out of date visa for a foreigner living in Thailand means they are subject to a knock on the door and arrest by authorities at any time and may even be facing the prospect of imprisonment, forced deportation back home and being placed on a blacklist from re entering Thailand."
I have done everything I can to get work here, but the job market in Thailand is very difficult for foreigners and I can't get any job because it's against the law...
"Foreigners can obtain employment in Thailand teaching foreign languages provided that they have suitable qualifications including a university degree or are able to adapt to the culture of a Thai workplace which can be a bit different. They must also have the required visa and a work permit from the Thai Labour Department."
I recently consulted with British Embassy Bangkok for consular assistance, here is the latest email from them received on Wednesday 8th May, 2019...
I am writing to update you about our action according to your request.
Our colleague in London has tried to contact your family in South Africa about your situation in Thailand. Unfortunately, there have been no answer to the telephone calls. Also, emails have been sent to your family, there has been no reply yet since.
Have any of your family contacted you at all? Kindly advise when you have further updates or contact from your family."
If anyone can help me out of this ongoing nightmare, please assist before it's too late or there could be serious risk to my life out here.
With my sincere thanks,