Pattaya Tourist Police headed down to Pattaya Beach last night and warned the city’s ladies and transgender individuals to stop allegedly selling illegal sex services and move off the beachfront.
Last night on May 17th, several police officers and Tourist Police inspected the Pattaya beachfront to instruct individuals suspected of selling sex work to tourists to move along the beach.
The police, led by Pol. Col. Somchai Thiraphatphaisarn, informed the individuals that it was against Thai laws to idle on the beachfront selling sex services to passing tourists. If they were caught repeating this act again, they would face a harsh fine, said Col. Somchai.
The alleged sex workers were then taken to the police station to have their identities documented and face a fine. Col. Somchai said the crackdown was in accordance with orders from national deputy police chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn to preserve a family-friendly image of Pattaya City.
Prostitution is illegal in Thailand although law proposals are pending to end this criminalization, and the new government coalition led by Move Forward, has also said they support making prostitution legal. For more information on this please tap or click here. Pattaya police stated, however, their job is to enforce the current law, not to consider legislation or law change proposals.
The officers also emphasized to business operators not to exploit visitors and refrain from fighting with tourists. Anyone in trouble can call the police hotline 1155.