Pattaya Police busted an a-gogo bar after receiving a tip-off that the venue had been allegedly regularly operating past legal closing time and allegedly exploiting children under the age of 18 years old for prostitution.
The operation was driven by complaints from concerned citizens that the a-gogo bar, Club 4, located in Soi Bongkot in Pattaya’s Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung district, had allegedly contravened many laws and regulations, including human trafficking.
The raid took place at about 9:30 PM on Thursday, February 16th. Although this was not past the legal closing time Banglamung authorities claimed they had alleged evidence that showed the venue regularly broke this rule, which in this particular zone would be midnight.
The authorities deployed a decoy who walked into the bar with 2,800 baht cash to ask for sexual services from an alleged minor, according to the Chief of Pattaya police. Once the venue operator allegedly agreed to provide the service, the decoy signaled the officers waiting outside to raid the venue and catch the suspects.
The Chief of the Pattaya police station, Pol. Col. Thanapong Phothi, told The Pattaya News that more than ten female employees were entertaining customers at tables. The police then conducted drug tests on the employees but did not find anyone who tested positive, said Col. Thanapong, who led the operation.
Two suspects, 50-year-old Mrs. Kessirin and 49-year-old Ms. Jidapha (surnames withheld), were taken into police custody on charges of operating an entertainment venue without a proper license and exploiting minors for prostitution. The police said Mrs. Kessirin was the manager of the venue.
Pattaya Police are expanding an investigation to identify the real owner of the bar and will propose to the Chonburi mayor to shut down the venue for 5 years.