UPDATE: Foreign Owner Flees Thailand After Bar Raid in Patong Uncovers Child Sex Exploitation, Suspected Network in Pattaya and Bangkok

Patong –

A foreign owner has fled to a nearby country after a bar on Bangla Road was raided where minors who were victims of child sexual exploitation were uncovered. ฺ

Big Joke, Thailand’s most well known cop Surachate Hakparn, said the bar has many networks and connections in Pattaya and Bangkok.

Our previous stories:

An illegal bar on Bangla Road in Patong was raided uncovering underage prostitutes with six victims rescued. Two suspects were arrested who claim the real bar owner is a foreigner.

Five Patong senior police have been transferred after an illegal bar on Bangla Road in Patong was raided uncovering six victims of child sexual exploitation who were rescued, being minors under the age of eighteen.

Now for the update:

‘Big Joke’, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Surachate Hakparn, arrived in Phuket today (March 18th) to follow up on the case.

‘Big Joke’ told the Phuket Express that the bar is related to another bar network in Bangkok and Pattaya. The bar might have been operated as a nominee in which Thai people registered for them with some foreign shareholders. It was also reported that the main foreign owner was married to a Thai national.

The real foreign owner has now fled from Thailand to Laos, said Big Joke, who commonly goes by his nickname gained due to his sense of humor and love of the Thai meal Jok.

Thai police are continuing the investigation with the other country where he fled to and following up on customers who used the services of the bar, specifically those who interacted with minors.

Police are also inspecting bars across Phuket, Pattaya, and Bangkok this weekend to ensure no venues are exploiting minors.


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Goongnang Suksawat
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.