I've just been into Walking Street, what a waste of time. There was no action. No nudity anywhere.
Apparently the Police found an English guy having sex with a girl over the Windmill, the English papers got hold of the story and dubbed Thailand sex capital of the World. The government are very unhappy and have had a clamp down,
But the story must have originally come from the Police? So they are to blame.
I wonder how long it will last?
See article from prachatai.org
In response to a recent report that labels Pattaya as the world's sex capital , the junta head has announced a crackdown on prostitution.
On 21 February 2017, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister and junta head, announced that he will order the police to uproot Pattaya's sex industry. He asserted that local authorities always do their best to suppress the industry.
Prayut said the Thai media should not highlight the issue due to the risk of tarnishing the country's image, adding that the Thai media should not believe a story written by foreigners.
See article from thaivisa.com
A top policeman at a crisis meeting to discuss Pattaya's crime and image has announced that 'Happy Zones' will be set up in the resort to protect tourists and their possessions. The 'Happy Zone' idea comes from national police HQ and will
be introduced in tourist towns nationwide but trialed in Pattaya first where the need has been deemed as urgent, reported Siamchonnews.
Yesterday operators on Walking Street were invited to Pattaya town hall to meet with regional chiefs, local cops, district officials and immigration forces to hear the plans.
Somprasong Yenthuam, a Chonburi police spokesman chairing the gathering, said that tourism revenue was very important in Thailand and the safety of tourists and their possessions was paramount. Specifically he asked for all establishments to set up their
own CCTV. Each venue and shop is to have their own liaison officer to work closely with police, military and the municipal authority.
The policeman spoke of 'protecting' visitors from crime but clearly the CCTV policy is to try and suffocate the sex trade.
See article from samuitimes.com
Pattaya's police chief has hit back at claims that Pattaya is only about sex by making ludicrous claims that tourists come to the resort for its natural wonders. But he seems determined to clear out the streetwalkers nonetheless.
Apichai Kroppetch blamed the emphasis on sex on British businessmen who have set up in the sex trade at the resort. Referring to the UK newspaper report he spouted:
It is not true, it is just lies. Pattaya is more about nature than sex.
Sanook.com reported that police were going to target streetwalkers who line Beach Road as well as conduct more raids on the sex business in the resort.