A new raid conducted by the special administrative department of Pattaya, in Thailand uncovers jarring evidence of prostitution and under-age sex being offered in this infamous part of the city.
This comes weeks after a large-scale surprise inspection conducted by the combined Thai police and army forces of which their findings indicate no such activities happening in the area.
According to a report, authorities led by the local administrative department of Pattaya busted the Coming Bar in Soi 6 and found proof of earlier claims saying that the place is offering sex for its patrons.
The bar reportedly employs 18 hostesses of which one of them was found to be a minor – aging just 17 this year.
After transactions were made at the bar downstairs, patrons could then take the women in the “special rooms” upstairs for sex.
Sources indicate that the establishment is owned and operated by a group consisting of Thai, Taiwanese, and Chinese nationals.
Workers of Coming Bar were interviewed by the police who later claimed the credit for the successful bust during a press conference.
Charges of human trafficking, prostitution, and corrupting minors were already being made against responsible parties.
The operation was launched by the initiative of the Ronnasit Foundation – a Thai organization focusing on rescuing children and women who fall victims of human trafficking and violence.
Missed A Spot
Barely a couple of weeks before the recent raid, some 200 officials from both the army and police went to scour the line of bars running along the so-called Walking Street as part of their joint campaign to crack down on prostitution and drugs rumored to be rampant in the area.
The Thai press declared that they found no evidence of that sort in Pattaya’s former red-light district.
The news later drew the ire and mockery of Thai locals and expatriates alike who claimed the story to be opposite to what was really happening in the area.
Eyes Wide Shut
Technically, prostitution in Thailand is illegal. However, the multi-billion dollars-worth of revenue pushes key cities, like Pattaya, to tolerate such activities.
In Pattaya particularly, foreign tourists and locals flock on Walking Street where there can be found a vast number of bars, massage parlors, saunas, and hourly hotels that offer entertainment as well as sex services.
Aside from Walking Street, Pattaya’s other areas such as Boyztown, Jomtien Complex, and Sunee Plaza also drew fame in Asia and all over the world for its huge gay scenes.
After being called “the world’s sex capital,” and “modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah” by international tabloids The Sun and the Daily Mirror, Thai government officials intensified their efforts to clean up the city’s seedy reputation.