Phuket Soldiers Raid Live Sex Show In Patong
The top-ranking soldier in Phuket is calling for tip-offs about live sex shows on the island after an operation targeting a live sex show aimed at Chinese tourists, which was raided and shut down in Patong last week.
The raid was led by Col Santi Sakuntanark, who is the Commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and the highest-ranking army officer stationed in Phuket, he raided the Wake Up Club in Patong last Wednesday, June 7. The club is in a backstreet behind the China Town Plaza on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd, bordering on the fringe of the Chinatown area off Sai Nam Yen Rd.
Col Santi explained this morning, June 12, that he decided to not inform the press about the raid, but the news became public on Friday. “The media were not informed about this mission at all. It was ‘special enforcement’, but the media eventually found out from police,” Col Santi said.
Joining the raid, which was carried out at 10pm, were officials from the Kathu District Office and the Patong Police. Inside the venue officers found hundreds of “international tourists” in the audience according to Col Santi. On stage were two performers Ms Wanida Chamjai and Mr Monton Jaraypanya, who were subsequently arrested. “They were preforming a pornographic sex show on stage. She was in a bikini, her breasts exposed,” Col Santi said.
Also arrested was club owner Sitthichai Changteang. He was charged for providing a venue for a pornographic sex shows and charged with operating an entertainment venue without a license. The show openly targeted Chinese tourists. “Tickets cost 2,500 baht per person, and there were many shows a day. The venue had about 200 seats,” Col Santi noted. Via it‘s website WakeUpClub.net, which has now been shut down, the club was promoted on Chinese-language websites.