Taking significant strides against under-the-table healthcare operations, authorities in Thailand have effectively closed down an unauthorized beauty clinic, named as CCoco Beauty Clinic, nestled in the bustling heart of Ekamai, Bangkok. This illicit operation, which was brought to a swift halt on uncovering, was unearthed during a routine inspection by the Department of Health Service Support.
This unsuspected beauty clinic, it turned out, was merely a mask operated by a collective of Chinese entrepreneurs, as revealed by Pol. Maj Gen Anan Nanasombat, who heads the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD). Astonishingly, this dubious entity had been stealthily offering its services for as long as nine months, making it part of a wider network of 15 other CCoco clinics scattered across various countries, including China, the UK, Australia, and Japan.
In an interesting turn of events, Anan reckoned that the clinic was strategizing to primarily appeal to international customers by endorsing their services through influencer marketing. In a shocking revelation, the individual involved in undertaking the medical treatments was an uncertified foreigner hailing from Myanmar. This alleged professional, who goes by the name El Mon (last name intentionally left out), claimed to possess valid medical credentials.
Investigative forces unearthed that El Mon was performing an array of medical procedures, everything from diagnosis to vitamin injections. El Mon disclosed to the forces that she had completed her medical education in Myanmar. Having been part of the clinic for a month, she had reached an agreement with an employment agency for a compensation of 2,000 baht per procedure. However, her activities were flagged as illicit due to her non-possession of a Thai medical license. This led to her being indicted for carrying out non-sanctioned medical procedures and infringing upon work laws in Thailand. Her misleading title in the clinic’s legal papers was that of a general manager.
As a subsequent measure, the police have confiscated an array of medical paraphernalia, including a dozen pieces of medical equipment, a variety of unregistered pharmaceutical products, and 16 packages of beauty products, summing up to an estimated worth of about 5 million baht. The enquiry is in full swing, and based on the discoveries so far, the foreign proprietors of the beauty clinic are likely to face additional charges once more substantial evidence is revealed, as per reports from the Bangkok Post.