Villagers in Klong 7, Thanyaburi District, Pathumthani Province made complaints to the media about prostitutes standing on the street waiting for customers during the night. The villagers also provided evidence of a video clip showing 2 girls standing by the road with no masks on. The complaint claims that these girls will hide in bushes until a vehicle comes along. They will then offer services to customers sitting in the car. There is also a motel in the area offering temporary rooms for 230 THB and 450 THB for one night.
The video shows other girls from teenagers to older women talking to potential customers. These girls will be asked how much their services cost, and where do they prefer the service to take place in. There are many groups with about 4-5 girls in each group hiding in bushes, in front of buildings, and in restaurants that are closed. The villagers revealed that they are afraid of the virus, as none of these girls were seen wearing masks. Locals in the area seem to know where to find sexual services as many vehicles visit the street every night, even with the Covid-19 situation taking place. When asked if the customer would be in trouble with the law, a girl states she has already cleared the problems and they can continue to have fun.
The Khaosod News team visited the area, villagers stated that there has been prostitution on this street for a long time. It is known as Soi Pan Suk, which means alley of sharing happiness. The Covid-19 situation resulted in Karaoke shops and restaurants in the area to shut down. Girls working in these businesses had no idea where to go, so they started to look for customers by the road.
On 14 June 2020 at 21.30 over 50 officials from the Thanyaburi Police Station, Thanyaburi Administrative officials, and Pathum Thani Immigration officials went to inspect the street in the video. Officials received information about the complaint made by villagers to the media. As officials inspected the street they couldn’t find any prostitutes.
FB Caption: Over 50 officials inspected the street, no prostitutes were found.