PHUKET: A Philippine national charged with working in Patong illegally was forced to wait in limbo for five months for a trail and for her passport to be returned to her.

In the meantime, she remained stuck in Thailand without a work permit, or legal way to support herself.

Melanie Beleno, 35, was arrested on July 4 when Immigration Police went to the Phuket Sira Boutique Hotel in Patong where she was working without a work permit.