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:
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.