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Police in Bangkok arrest 62 men at “chemsex” party

Tanutam Thawan

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62 men in Bangkok were arrested at a so-called “chemsex” party where gay and bisexual men are said to take drugs like methamphetamine to enhance sex. The men now are facing charges over violating the disease control measures which prohibit large gatherings, especially those where people are in “close contact.” Half of the them tested positive for drugs and will be charged, according to police.

Drugs, needles and used condoms were found at the Faros Sauna 2 in the Wang Thong Lang district, according to district police superintendent Ekapop Tanprayoon. The 2-building establishment has 50 bedrooms as well as a swimming pool and an area for karaoke… just in case you want to have a sing as well.

Partygoers and the organisers could face up to 2 years in prison and an up to 40,000 baht fine. Around 30 people tested positive for drugs. Ekapop say they will also face related charges.

With the number of Covid-19 cases still on the rise, especially in Bangkok, the epicentre of the latest wave of infections, Ekapop says there shouldn’t be so many people in such a crowded area. The president of the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Bangkok Rainbow Organisation told Reuters reporters that the chemsex parties are worrying because of the risks of contracting either Covid-19 or HIV.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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