Pattaya, the 7th of October 2010 [PDN]: At approximately 2:30am on Thursday, Lieutenant Colonel Khuanphichai Manojarernsap (Crime Suppression Special Unit officer) and his team conducted a sting operation on the Mandarin Bar in Soi 6 off the Pattaya Beach Road.
The operation was instigated after reports that the Mandarin Bar (an A-Go-Go Bar) was offering sexual services by way of ‘short-time’ rooms located on the upper floors of the 4-storey building in Soi 6.
Using a foreign volunteer, officers entrapped the popular A-Go-Go Bar into providing the undercover officer with a range of services valued by the establishment and involved girl at Bt2,000. Following payment for the service officers waiting outside the establishment blocked the entrances and raided the building.
Police arrested 17 women, including showgirls (A-Go-Go dancers), bar staff and the business owner, Mrs. Utaiwan Krigard . A substantial amount of condoms and lubricants were also confiscated as evidence in the raid.
Investigations revealed that the premises was being operated as an A-Go-Go bar on the ground floor, while the above three-floors were fitted and furnished as ‘short-time’ rooms, used for soliciting prostitution.
Mrs. Krigard has since been arrested and charged with being the ‘owner/manager of an illegal prostitution business’ while the 16 employees have been charged with ‘prostitution and/or aiding in the prostitution of others’. All of the offenders have since been remanded in police custody awaiting further judicial proceedings.