UPDATE: Banglamung police inspect Naklua area after complaints of alleged prostitution, find no signs of illegal activity

Pattaya –

No signs of prostitution were found in Naklua after the Banglamung Police last night (April 23rd) raided an infamous area composed of “closed” karaoke parlors in Naklua at a well-known area called ‘Nakata’, or Soi Esso.

Local media including The Pattaya News inspected an area behind a popular petrol station in Naklua earlier this week following complaints from local residents that alleged prostitutes were still working, despite the closure orders earlier this week. Footage appeared to show many people gathered in the area soliciting customers.

Read more about our previous story in the link below.


Responding to the complaints, the Banglamung Police Chief Colonel Sakchai Suwannukun led a raid at the area last night around 11:00 P.M. (April 23rd).

However, all karaoke parlors were closed and no prostitutes were found. The street was, in fact, desolate and practically boarded up, a far cry from earlier alleged footage showing the area more lively. The Soi Esso area is traditionally, according to local residents, an area that primarily focuses on Thai customers and not foreign customers.

Local residents are reportedly worried about the overall Covid -19 situation in the Pattaya and Chonburi area. They claim that Covid-19 positive patients will not reveal their timelines if they have visited this area. They want officers to patrol and keep an eye on this area, with some claiming that the empty street was perhaps because someone was given a “heads up” before police arrived, leading to the area being completely shut down.

Colonel Sakchai stated to the local media that officers would continue to patrol the area and that they encouraged local residents and concerned citizens to continue to violate alleged violations of Covid-19 rules to them.  Due to Covid-19, entertainment venues country-wide are currently closed in Thailand until further notice. Prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand, yet many people claim it is widespread and “tolerated.”


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.