Topless Russians and other illegals scooped up in Phuket nightclub raid

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Employment officers arrested 35 Russians in four nightclubs last night following reports of topless dance shows in Phuket’s infamous nightlife destination, Soi Bangla in Patong.

“We received reports of topless shows at nightclubs in the area and suspected there were also illegal workers operating,” said Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol, who led the raid on the four clubs at about 10pm.

Overall 35 Russians – 29 women and six men – were found in violation of labor laws, explained Mr Veera.

Those brought in by the officers face a variety of charges ranging from public indecency to working without a work permit. Some of those who did have work permits were working in a different sector than indicated on the permit, said Mr Veera.

The first nightclub hit by the raid was L’Amour, where dancer Elena Shatokhina, 32, was placed under arrest and taken to Kathu District Office for further questioning.

Seduction, Paradise Club and Moulin Rouge nightclubs were subsequently raided.

“We will ensure everyone is dealt with justly. Those who have work permits, but did not have them available, were assisted by officials in collecting their documents,” Mr Veera said.

The Patong Police along with the Phuket Business Development Office and Tourism Business and Guide Registration Office have been contacted to further the investigation.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

Phuket News
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