8 Mar 2019
So it’s not exactly a scam per se, but there is a lot of homeless westerners in south east asia begging.They all have the same story(robbed of everything) but the reality is they are usually alcoholics or drug addicts who came here and without any “safety net”, which we are accused to having in the west, when they fail, they keep falling.
They beg and borrow from the poorest Cambodians, Who WILL try to take care of them. it’s not uncommon to see a homeless Cambodian family, who have nothing themselves, taking care of a homeless westerner. Generally the westerner is taking so much from them and they don’t know how to get them to leave, because the Cambodian is too nice/polite.
Generally they refuse to go to any embassy or anything formal. They don”t want to change their situation basically.
I am a firm believer in not criminalising addicts, to go with the treatment option. but i find it very hard to have sympathy for these particular parasites. Maybe I have become hardened from living here and seeing the same opportunistic routine every time.
Thankfully, Cambodia is now arresting and deporting them(for visa overstay etc) So their governments are obliged to send them home and they can get the help they need.