An American man is going through two years behind bars after penning negative on-line opinions a couple of Thailand hotel — together with accusing the enterprise of “modern-day slavery,” in keeping with stories.
Wesley Barnes, who works in Thailand, was arrested for allegedly inflicting injury to the status of the Sea View Resort on Koh Chang island, the Telegraph reported.
Barnes allegedly wrote opinions on a number of websites during which he claimed that he handled “unfriendly workers” who “act like they don’t need anybody right here” throughout a current go to to the favored resort vacation spot.
At the very least one TripAdvisor review that accused the hotel of “modern-day slavery” has been eliminated for violating the positioning’s pointers, the report stated.
“The Sea View Resort proprietor filed a grievance that the defendant had posted unfair opinions on his hotel on the TripAdvisor web site,” Koh Chang Police Colonel Thanapon Taemsara advised the Agence Frances-Presse.
The hotel stated it took authorized motion in opposition to the previous visitor to stop extra opinions from being posted.
“We selected to file a grievance to function a deterrent, as we understood he might proceed to put in writing negative opinions week after week for the foreseeable future,” the hotel stated.
Along with the unflattering opinions, Barnes was additionally accused of preventing with workers over not paying a corkage payment for booze, the report stated.
Barnes was taken into custody and returned to Koh Chang, the place he was briefly detained earlier than he was launched on bail, the outlet reported.
If discovered responsible, Barnes might withstand two years in prison and a $6,329 (or 200,000 baht) nice, the report stated.
He didn’t reply to request for remark, AFP reported.
Thailand is infamous for its anti-defamation legal guidelines, which have lengthy been criticized by human rights teams.
In December 2019, a Thai journalist was sentenced to 2 years in prison for criticizing a rooster farm on Twitter.