Danish Hells Angels and Bandidos bikers have been setting up chapters in Thailand, causing the Danish police to enter into close cooperation with the Thai police.
“The bikers shouldn’t think that they are safe in Thailand and can establish a base for criminal activities in Denmark. Both Thailand and Denmark have an interest in combatting organised crime that members of the biker gangs are involved in. We have agreed that the experience we have gained here in Denmark in our operations against bikers should be given on to the police in Bangkok and Pataya, and we can help the Thai police in concrete cases if they so wish,” says Kim Kliver, head of the National Police Investigation Centre.
Some 6-8 years ago, leading Danish Bandidos bikers helped set up Bandidos chapters in, among ther locations, Bangkok. This year, Danish Hells Angels have helped set up an HA chapter in Pataya.
The Danish police has registered regular travelling activity in which Danish bikers have gone for shorter or longer periods to Thailand
“Our efforts here in Denmark have put pressure on the bikers. Many of them are in prison and we have also hit them where it hurts most – their wallets. The Tax Authority (SKAT) has confiscated cars, jewellery and cash and handed out tax and VAT fines, so the criminal bikes have perhaps felt a need to place their funds elsewhere, where they believe we cannot get at them,” Kliver says.
The operational stress technique, which is known as the Al Capone method, ost bikers and gangs n Denmark some DKK 100 million last year according to the latest police statistics.
Kliver says that Thailand may be the place where bikers believe they can hide their money and develop new supply routes for narcotics and the flesh trade.
“Women from the East are the biggest group of traded women in Denmark and we are monitoring whether members of the biker groups are showing an interest in this market,” Kliver says.
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Edited by Julian Isherwood