Thai police launch crackdown on prostitution

The spokesman of the Royal Thai Police has clearly accepted that there is indeed prostitution in Thailand. 

Pol Maj-Gen Yingyot Themjamnong didn’t use that name – he used the euphemism of “sathan borikan”.

But this means massage shops and places where “pay for play” goes on in the kingdom.

He said that his chief Gen Suwat Chaengyodsuk had ordered a New Year crackdown by crime suppression to stop the spread of Covid-19 at such places.

Famously a couple of years ago a police chief in central Thailand said there was no prostitution.

In reality, hundreds of thousands of women and men are involved in the trade.

Yingyot said that action in “sathan borikan” was an ongoing thing but would be stepped up as many people moved about and went out at New Year amid the lessening of regulations, reported INN.

Establishments breaking the law would face prosecution, closure and the removal of licences.

He urged the public to call 1599 to report infractions.

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