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Caitlin Ashworth

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Following the news of a model who died after working as a hostess at a Bangkok party, Thai media spoke with a woman, known in Thailand as a “pretty,” about what it’s like to work in the lucrative, yet shady Thai model entertainment industry where many work as hostesses at parties and events that often involve alcohol, drugs and sex work.

“Miss Cake” told the Thai news outlet Daily News that pretties are sent to parties by “modelling agencies.” The parties are even categorized depending on if drugs or sex are involved. Apparently the parties are either “En-Up,” “En-V” or just “En” for entertainment. En-Up means drugs are involved, while En-V means the pretties will offer sexual services. Other pretties work at promotional events like auto shows. Since nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Bangkok have been closed due to the pandemic, many of the parties are now held at private homes.

If a pretty is working at an En-Up party, Miss Cake says that means there will be ecstasy, known as “khanom,” the Thai word for a dessert or snack. She says good “khanom” shipped from overseas costs around 900 to 1,000 baht while the poor quality, Thai-made drugs cost 500 baht. Just about every pretty takes drugs, she says. If mixed with ketamine, Miss Cake says it can be dangerous.

Daily News spoke with Miss Cake following the death of a 33 year old Witchayaporn “Wawa” Wisetsombat who worked died in a hospital after working as a hostess at a party in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. She had been hired by a modelling agency to serve drinks at a private party. Her younger sister told the Bangkok Post that Wawa was a product presenter and never sold sex or used narcotics. Doctors told the Post Wawa died from respiratory and blood system failure. They are still waiting for the results for a toxicology test.

The death of another model back in 2019 shed light on the abuse and danger many pretties face in the industry. 25 year old Thitima “Lunlabelle” Noraphanpiphat died from “extreme alcohol intoxication,” according to an autopsy report. Her dead body was found in the lobby of a Bangkok condominium. 6 people were found guilty for involvement in Lunlabelle’s death.

Abuse is common in the industry and many women working as pretties are often pressured into drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The work of pretties is looked down upon in Thai society. Due to the stigma, many due not file complaints when they are abused.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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    Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Source: Thai Visa

    No surprise there.

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    Ian

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Doesn’t matter about the source ij we all know it goes on and not just in thailand women are exploited like this all over the world, money talks as they say

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    Bruno

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    maybshe was raped or what ? by some upper class from thais – with money who can get away with anything – busines as usuall

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    Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Ian, somehow you both miss my point and get it, in equal measure – since “we all know” already, what’s the point? 😮

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      Dee Nayaal

      Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      “since “we all know” already, what’s the point?” says he…

      Yes, “fantastic” idea John, let’s “stick” to reporting what “we all don’t know” and to, like, stuff that “really” matters – who needs more info om that “sleazy” Thai model industry, or on Harvey Weinstein-like “abuse” of “power” elsewhere these days…
      We all “know” what’s going on already, so what’s the “point”, just “cashing-in” on the “Thailand-haters” again, right?

      Same goes for all these repetitive reports on various levels of “corruption” and other scandals, all the way to say the “treatment” of Uighur minorities in China, come on now, everybody knows it’s “nothing new under the sun”, what’s the point, aye?

      Let’s be a little more “selective” about the “realities” we “accept” from now on, lads.

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    Yiannis Barnettopoulos

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Would you prefer a Bangkok Post version of similar events, John?

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1760229/lunlabelle-case-unmasks-dark-secret-in-thai-society

    Same old…

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    Gan ching chuan

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Nowadays these hostesses often die of hiv infection or severe drug abuse. In the old days, most hostesses retired back to their villages and married and setteled down with alcoholic problems. Nowadays these hotesses die and never return home to their villages in the Northern part of Thailand. Nowadays the synthetics drugs are too addictive and dangerous. We cry for these women, some come from nearby countries.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    It’s just sad no matter how you want to look at it. I can’t believe she didn’t know what she was getting into, but it’s a shame she died.

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    Sanuk

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    You call this being exploited? “Pretties” choose to work in this field. They choose to use their born beauty to make easy money. I’m sure they all know the risks involved with gigs like these, yet they still choose to do it, instead of getting a regular job like us “unpretties.”
    So no, I wouldn’t say they’re exploited.

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    Kuhn David

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    They may be “pretty” on the outside, but inside they are no different than a street corner Harlot.

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    Tony

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:23 am

    There is always a heavy price to pay for fame. Unfortunately it’s not only Bangkok it happens all over the world New York. London .Paris. Malian. ect
    Sadely dreams don’t always come true.but the damage it causes stays forever.

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Better to be top in one’s field than on the bottom rung.

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:13 am

    “Exploited” may not be the best choice of words. We all have to play the hand we get dealt. Suppose being pretty was about all she really had going for her? Is it really all that different from an athlete who can’t really do anything else but play the game? It doesn’t hurt to have sympathy for others even if they caused their own misfortunes.

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    J West

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:22 am

    People overdose at parties all the time. The newest “ designer drugs” are most often just a garbage pail concoction of poisonous chemicals. The idea that “ better quality EU origin drugs” are available is BS, they’re all made here out of poorly mixed pesticides and kerosene, base alkaline reactions, . Think about it… a pin point tiny grain of fentynal is enough to kill. Shame this girl died, poor thing. Too bad it takes a “sexy angle” to publicly expose the sad fact that drug use kills users… every day across Thailand and the world….even pretty ones.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Agreed, J West, and sadly there’s no easy answer.

    Funny thing is, in Issan Thaksin’s not remembered fondly (if that’s the right word) for introducing the “Yellow Card” universal medical cover or extending education (neither actually his party’s idea) but for massively reducing drug dealing, as people were afraid to deal drugs as they didn’t want to end up face down in a drainage ditch with an extra hole in their head.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Whos saying she died of drugs it says respiratory failure could be many things, talk about jumping to assumptions

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Besides the fact it’s not normal for young people to suddenly die of respiratory and blood system failure. Those are some of the classic symptoms of a fentanyl overdose. Maybe it was something other than a drug OD, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. That aside, I do agree the term “exploited” might not be appropriate. People can willingly take a job and still end up exploited. However having the ability to leave a job after learning the duties and pay, and continue to work there pretty much negates the tag. At the very least it does for those who have other options. So sad and senseless, your heart has to go out to her family in their loss.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Bangkok is now a red zone. Government gives people today to get back from Songkran break.

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…. before the next round of restrictions come into force at midnight tonight.

Bangkok and 17 other Thai provinces (there are 77 in total) are now declared maximum control areas. These “red zones” are the feature of the Thai Government’s new restrictions to get a grip on its rising Covid infection numbers since the start of April. The restrictions will last for at least 14 days.

From tonight, at midnight, some new restrictions are in force, not only in the red zones but every where else.

Think nightlife, think gatherings of more than 50 people, think restaurants. These are the area the government has generally targeted. The CCSA spokesperson yesterday, and the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, went out of their way to portray the new restrictions as NOT curfews and NOT lockdowns. But, if you live in a red zone province, including Bangkok, then the new set of restrictions are a lockdown in just about every sense without outright telling people to stay at home.

Everything will have to be closed from 11pm – 4am in the morning, including all convenience stores. Hope you’ve paid your Netflix subscription!

Restaurants and cafes in the red zones will be able to open until 11pm, but dine-in services will only be available until 9pm. Takeaway food can be sold until 11pm to allow the businesses and activities to continue. And there will no alcohol available anyway.

The government is also advising businesses in Bangkok, and other red zone provinces, to allow employees to work from home, or have adequate precautions in place if they need to work in the offices.

Unlike the last two outbreaks of Covid within Thailand, this cluster has emerged from the indulgences of Bangkok’s hi-sos, celebrity and look-at-me culture. The trendy clubs around Thong Lor and Ekkamai are the destination for people that want, or need, to be seen, including some politicians who have either ended up infected or knew someone in the club and pub scene and have had to self-isolate.

The late evening sojourns, with nary a care for masks or social distancing, small spaces, lots of people… it has proven the perfect breeding ground for a new Covid cluster.

Bangkok’s legendary shopping centres and community malls will have to shut their doors by 9pm, a situation now across the board for all Thai shopping centres including places like your local Tesco mall.

But convenience stores, supermarkets, community markets can stay open until 11pm.

At this stage people are being advised to to travel to Bangkok, or any other red zone province, for the next 2 week (after midnight tonight). The travel advisory isn’t an order at this stage, more of a hurry-up-and-get-back-from-your-holidays request.

Last weekend saw the mass exodus out of the city. The same return from the provinces is happening today and tomorrow. Even though the official Songkran holiday ran from Tuesday to Thursday this week, plenty of people have take the Mondays and Friday off last week to end up with an extended 9 day holiday. The government was hoping the longer Songkran break would be a boon for the shattered hospitality and tourism businesses. But last weekends sudden climb of new Covid infections caused some people to cancel or postpone their bookings.

The annual Songkran road toll, usually a national disgrace, was cut by over 50% this year due to the lack of traffic and people deciding to wait it out and catch up with their families later.

Thailand recorded 1,547 new infections around Thailand today, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. But the last 4 days have revealed the largest list of daily infections since the first case was detected in Thailand on January 13 last year, a 61 year old Chinese passenger on a flight from Wuhan to Suvarnabhumi – the first known case of the novel coronavirus outside of China.

2 leading police from the Thong Lor police station have already been sidelined into inactive posts, a face-saving measure to show the government were being pro-active in reacting to the sloppy enforcement (or non-existent enforcement) of Covid precautions in the district’s active nightlife. Officials are also tracking down the owners of the nightclubs and bars for potential prosecution, principally around Bangkok and in Phuket where parties, promoted and run by a group called ‘Kolour’ ended up becoming Covid spreader events.

Here’s a list of the red zone provinces.

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
The ministry expects to test up to 300 people per hour, with results to be received in 1 to 2 days. If anyone is found to be infected, they will be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently, 81 hospitals are registered with the ministry, offering a total of over 1,000 beds.
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Meanwhile, Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

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Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals in 2 of the hardest hit areas.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

The move to help accommodate hospitals was due to the army chief’s concerns over the recent 3rd wave, which has seen daily infections increase to the thousands. The chief instructed each army unit to provide extra beds and facilities to patients in each hospital after teaming with public health agencies.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

Since April 1 there has been a steady growth of new infections, described as the third wave in Thai media – much higher than the number of daily infections in the first and second waves.

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