Pattaya police carried out a raid on a popular gentlemen’s club in Pattaya yesterday.
The authorities, including military personnel entered the Rioja club around 18:30, after they sent in an undercover cop armed with 3000 baht, to determine if and when they should raid the joint.
As soon as the go-ahead was given, the troops entered the venue to discover a number of “illegal” sexual acts taking place.
On the ground floor, around 15 bar girls were entertaining customers. Nothing of note was reported.
On the next floor however, there were girls in bed with customers in what was described as “short time rooms”. In the next room, they hit the jackpot as two girls were discovered providing oral services to a man as they frolicked in a jacuzzi. Police took condoms, lubricants and Viagra as evidence.
A fifty-two-year-old woman, who claimed she was the manageress of the business, was taken away to be interviewed at the police station.
Police announced that they would be continuing their presence and would be visiting other such venues as the week progresses.
Earlier this week Soi 6 came under Scrutiny when bars were told they would not be allowed to open before 18:00, effectively reducing the businesses ability to earn money and pay staff.
Now it seems that the gentlemen’s clubs are high on the hit list for authorities to are determined to “clean up” the city.
However many bar and club owners are far from happy about the situation.
One owner who asked not to be named said “The authorities are killing tourism in Thailand. Businesses are already suffering and many will close if things do not change.
“This time last year and in previous years, Pattaya was awash with European tourists but restricting business opening times and raids of this nature, do nothing to bring to visitors to the city.
“The will drive the sex industry underground, where girls will have no protection or security” he said.
Should the authorities clamp down on Pattaya’s bars and clubs or should they endorse it, legalise the clubs and welcome tourists who come to the city for this sort of entertainment?
Tell us your thoughts.
Source : Thaivisa
Content : LovePattayaThailand