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Police raid Bangkok bar, 13 people arrested for allegedly violating Emergency Decree

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Police in Bangkok arrested 13 people at a rooftop bar in the Phra Khanong area. The bar staff allegedly served alcohol to customers, violating the city’s ban on booze sales at restaurants which was put in place to limit gatherings and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Under the emergency regulations in Bangkok, bars and nightclubs are ordered to close and restaurants are prohibited from serving alcohol to customers until the coronavirus situation improves.

Phra Khanong police raided the rooftop bar off Sukhumvit Road in the Bang Chak sub district after a tip that bar was allegedly serving alcohol. Police say multiple customers were drinking at the venue and were not abiding by disease control measures like social distancing and wearing masks. The 13 people arrested face charges for allegedly violating the Emergency Decree.

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    allegedly

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I am allegedly appalled at this alleged violation of an alleged no drinking ban at the alleged bar who were caught by the alleged police.

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      Justin K

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      You’re a little dummy

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      Ynwaps

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      there is no concept of innocent until proven guilty here anyway. It’s either pay 20.000 baht to not get prosecuted or go to jail followed by a curt appointment.

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    sam

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Criminals caught for various crimes often use the lame excuse of being drunk at the time of violent actions on others.Strict rules are not applied and enforced,resulting in increasing numbers of violations.

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      realman

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:53 pm

      Posting from Sukhumvit 11, party still going on at midnight!!! No police in sight!

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        ambient

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:44 pm

        Not a thank you for posting this. Now thanks to this post the Gov. can be on the lookout and send in spies

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    Grumpy John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:12 am

    Won’t be long till we see Speakeasy bars – a place where alcoholic beverages are illegally sold. Many such places existed during prohibition in the U.S. back in the day.

    The ones that couldn’t afford to pay off the cops in Australia often employed guys called “magpies” to watchout for the cops who intended to raid the Speakeasy bar.

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      Michael

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:09 am

      Almost ery open beer that I walk or drive by in the late afternoon or evening has customers sitting close together or bar girls sitting next to the men. I imagine this is also the same in Bangkok.

      Of course there is still laws in place for violating social distancing mandates.

      I think almost all these bars give tea money to the police to be left alone and social distancing violations ignored.

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Wearing a mask? Social distancing? FOR WHAT PURPOSE EXACTLY? Why on Earth would you do that? I NEVER HAVE…for well over a year now! It’s just a flu bug!!!

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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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Royal Thai Police accused of “ticket” promotion system to buy senior positions

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The Royal Thai Police are being accused of using so-called “elephant tickets” to buy their way into promotions and pay their way up the police force’s chain of command. The corruption among the police force and the buying of positions without meeting the requirements for a promotion has been a longtime problem, according to the Bangkok Post.

The “elephant ticket” issue was recently brought to light by an opposition MP at a censure debate who said it fast tracked the promotion system and allowed some people who were unqualified and undeserving to raise their rank. Some Thais have protested the “elephant ticket.” Many gathered in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok last week, including one person who dressed up as an elephant.

At the censure debate on February 19, Move Forward Party MP Rangsiman Rome called out PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who chairs the Police Commission overseeing the Royal Thai Police, and said the prime minister allowed the “elephant ticket” promotions. Prayut later said there were problems within the police force and that he would handle it.

Police who want a promotion need a ticket, which is basically just a reference or a stamp of approval from a senior officer or even a politician or business person. To get an “elephant ticket,” some can pay for the ticket. A source told the Post that positions for police superintendents cost between 5 to 10 million baht.

Others can get a ticket by doing favours for their superior or even just serving their superior for a long time, sources told the Bangkok Post. The higher the position a senior officer has, the more tickets they have to give out.

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Woman talks about the life of a Thai “pretty” after model’s death

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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.

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Bangkok police raid house where model died after playing hostess

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Bangkok police are investigating a model’s death after raiding a Chatuchak district house where the model died after being hired as a hostess. The model, Whitchayaporn ‘Wa’ Visessombut, was hired along with other women to serve drinks and entertain guests at a private residence last Monday. Then, the next day, she died of respiratory failure after being brought unconscious to Paolo Hospital Kaset.

Investigators say they obtained a text chat history between the 33 year old model and her agent the day she was hired for the job. The chats revealed a receipt for a 30,000 baht money transfer to 4 hostesses, including Whitchayaporn, for their work. 6 other hostesses from a different agency were also hired to work the party.

Police say between 5 and 7 men were at the party along with 10 women with the use of drugs allegedly being involved.

Upon raiding the 4 storey‐high home, investigators say it featured an “unusually high wall” which stood about 2.5 metres tall. The house had security cameras but no one was home at the time of the raid. Officers say a luxury car was parked at the residence along with a BMW motorcycle.

Police say they are still are waiting for the autopsy results of the dead woman. Her relatives have already begun seeking assistance as they are afraid her case could turn out to be as complicated as that of model Thitima ‘Lunlabelle’ Noraphanpiphat, who was found dead in a similar situation back in 2019.

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