It might seem strange that authorities in Thailand are cracking down on beautiful people, but this seems to be what is happening at the moment. Super Models from all around the world often come to Thailand for legitimate job opportunities because there are always so many available here, but a lot of models come here on tourist visas and then get modeling jobs without acquiring the proper work permits beforehand.
This has caused an alliance between the Labor Ministry and the Thai Modeling Industry and Agencies Association. The two groups are set to crack down on illegal models from all around the globe who are working in Thailand. It has been stated that many illegal models get paid up to 50,000 Thai Baht an hour without paying tax so it’s understandable that the authorities are a little bit miffed.
It has also been reported that unlicensed models could land up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of THB100,000 over violating Section 51 of the Foreign Workers Employment Act 2008. Companies that employ these models won’t get off the hook lightly either. Each illegal model hired could also fetch a fine anywhere between 10,000 to 100,000 baht for the employer.
Young faces are usually preferred when hiring models so many under-aged, unlicensed models often land work in Thailand as well. This may seem harmless enough but it is considered child labor, so if you’re in the modeling business, always make sure you know the age of your models.
If you’re a young hottie, don’t be deterred from seeking out a modeling career in Thailand by the above mentioned crack down. There are plenty of legal ways to get a job here and the whole modeling endeavor can be quite lucrative. Just make sure you apply at a place that offers a legitimate work permit and safe, comfortable working conditions.