PHUKET: The recent claim of drink spiking by a young British tourist who survived a two-storey fall from her Patong hotel room is just the latest in a long string of similar accusations by foreign tourists, the vast majority of which go unreported.

Reliable sources in several units of the local Tourist Police have over the years said that claims of drink spiking are very common in the islandís nightlife entertainment districts, especially Patong. Such claims, whether true or not, tend to be sensationally reported in the international media and cast yet another pall over the islandís reputation as a safe, cosmopolitan party hub Ė especially when the alleged victim is an attractive young Caucasian tourist.

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