PATTAYA – August 23, 2012 [PDN]: At 12:30 a.m., a police sweep of sex workers in the Beach Road area was announced by Pattaya police from the Muang Pattaya Chonburi station.
Police officers and volunteer police had arrested more than 50 ladyboys and prostitutes. Nearly all of them had previous arrest records. After arresting them, police asked each one for updated information to log in their files.
Each person was charged with soliciting prostitution in a public area and fined 100 baht. They were given a warning before being released not to commit any crimes against tourists.
Police said these periodic arrests are a preventive measure meant to prevent crimes against tourists, and to create a good image of Pattaya for tourists who visit Pattaya Beach at night.