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Bangla ladyboys, touts to be registered

PHUKET: Ladyboys and touts frequenting Bangla Rd will have to be registered in order to ply their trade on the street, and touts will have to register which businesses they work for, officials have reported.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 24 November 2022, 09:12AM


Police and security personnel man a checkpoint on Soi Bangla on Monday night (Nov 21). Photo: PR Phuket

Police and security personnel man a checkpoint on Soi Bangla on Monday night (Nov 21). Photo: PR Phuket

The news follows Weerawit Kreuasombat, President  of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), earlier this week calling for officials to regulate touts, illegal vendors and even ladyboys on Bangla Rd.

The request came at a meeting on Tuesday (Nov 22), chaired by Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Somprat Prabsongkram, held to discuss ways to reduce factors on Bangla Rd that annoy tourists.

The meeting was intended to focus on people using motorbikes with sidecars to illegally sell products on Bangla Rd, including people selling alcoholic beverages from foam boxes along the popular nightlife street.

Mr Weerawit, however, wanted to broaden the range of people, and activities, that are to be brought under control.

“I would like the relevant agencies to address all the wrong things on Soi Bangla at the same time, to create a good image for Soi Bangla,” he said.

“I therefore would like to propose to organise the ladyboys who come to harass guests on Soi Bangla. There are at least 100 of them waiting at various points along the street, propositioning prostitution to tourists. Sometimes they steal from tourists,” Mr Weerawit said.

“People come from Pattaya and Bangkok who do not know who is who, and think that in Soi Bangla there should not be ladyboys who sell prostitution to tourists,” he added.

“If we are unable to manage them, it would be wise to have them registered to know who is there. If anything happens, we would be able to track them down,” Mr Weerawit explained.

Mr Weerawit asked for touts on Bangla Rd to be treated the same: “This includes touts soliciting customers. There are a lot of them as well.”

“Touts often harass tourists, and often offer prices higher than what it actually costs at the store. Some of them have weapons, sell drugs to tourists, and sometimes they are involved in problems involving physically assaulting tourists,” Mr Weerawit said.

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“This group, too, should be controlled. They should be registered and it should be recorded which venue they work for, instead of letting them work freely like ‘ghosts’ as it is today,” he added.

“All these things destroy the image of Soi Bangla Walking Street,” Mr Weerawit said.

Mr Weerawit also called for the parking of taxis, tuk-tuks and motorcycles for hire at each end of the street to be controlled. “At this time, they can park anywhere they want,” he said.

“Another thing that is becoming popular in Soi Bangla is marijuana that is open for sale in many shops,” Mr Weerawti continued.

“We would like this to be organised so it is sold and smoked under formal rules, and not allowed to be taken out and smoked in the street, which has a wide variety of tourists… Some people like it, some people don’t,” he said.

An official report of the meeting, without naming any persons responsible for the decisions, said that vendors selling food from motorbikes with sidecars will be banned from entering the street, but will be found appropriate sites to sell their food elsewhere.

The sale of alcoholic beverages openly from foam boxes along the street will be banned entirely, simply because “it is illegal”.

Ladyboys and touts will have to be registered in order to ply their trade on the street, and touts will have to register which businesses they work for, said the report.

Regarding marijuana and cars parked at the end of the street, the report marked only that “the responsible agencies must strictly follow the rules of the law”.

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Kurt | 25 November 2022 - 12:02:33

See it this way: For Thai Officialdom prostitution/touting is illegal when they not get a piece of the sex earning cake. So, when registered, pay a regular  'fee' for that, and wow, you not longer illegal. How lovely, that 'sharing' idea.  :-)

Kurt | 25 November 2022 - 11:54:14

Hypocrite Thai officialdom should stop saying that there is no prostitution in Thailand. The whole world knows they lie. In many cases it is a big earner for 'managing Hi-So's. Including  'some' people who are in the police force. Even managing rings of minor prostitution. 

Bobdown | 25 November 2022 - 09:58:19

Yes they are so annoying to tourists, yet Soi Crocodile was one of the most popular nightspots on the planet ..and also known as Soi Katoey.  Let Thailand be Thailand, thats why a majority come there.

JSombra | 24 November 2022 - 18:13:16

"Since it is perfectly legal to offer sex for money,(what is illegal- sensibly-  is 3rd party profitiing- pimping)"

Not exactly true, "Section 5.Any person who, for the purpose of prostitution, solicits, induces, introduces herself or himself to, follows or importunes a person in a street, public place or any other place, which is committed openly and shamelessly or causes nuisan...

ematt | 24 November 2022 - 17:51:16

What in the world would we do without Herr Kurt to explain to the rest of us how Thai culture works? 

Capricornball | 24 November 2022 - 17:48:09

But I understand, Khun Prab and Weeriwat and their crooked cronies own most of those seedy venues (and the police), and really want to get rid of competition from anyone else that isn't a part owner of Bangla. I'm guess the crime rate on Soi Paradise (Soi Kathoey) is nothing compared to the cesspool that is Bangla.

Capricornball | 24 November 2022 - 17:43:46

To address things on Bangle road that annoy tourists, Khun Weerawit should have started with the first obnoxious thing anyone sees, is the instant and never ending assault by touts sticking their "PingPong Show" placards in your face. Doesn't matter if you are a single male or female, or walking with  wife and young children, these fools hit up everyone.  MAJORLY offensive!

Kurt | 24 November 2022 - 13:58:40

Chistysweet, It is Thai to 'hit' underdogs in this society. Is without risk for a punch back, and seems to give a feeling of superiority I guess. Remember, a few years ago a Governor was condemning the Thai women who sell flowers at traffic light stops. That was bad for Phuket image, he said. Totally off the road thinking, projecting on Phuket environment and infrastructural problems.

christysweet | 24 November 2022 - 12:21:40

I get enforcing laws but to single out ' ladyboys' is pure discrimination. Since it is perfectly legal to offer sex for money,(what is illegal- sensibly-  is 3rd party profitiing- pimping)  it is also harassment. Make a law fobidding solicitation in public and enforce that equally to EVERYONE 

JohnC | 24 November 2022 - 10:15:17

A bit of a transphobic article. No shortage of ladies selling themselves to "guests" on Soi Bangla so why single out the ladyboys plying the same trade? When I used to hang out on walking street the soi where all the ladyboys were was one of the most popular, with tourists lining up to take photos of them dancing and prancing about. As to theft no shortage of that from either sex!

Kurt | 24 November 2022 - 09:46:08

Mt Weerawit knows exactly all the illegal happenings at Bangla Rd. Continuing allowing them by registering people doesn't improve Bangla's 'Walking Street' image. Only solution is to ban all what is illegal, not by words in press, but by action. The word for that is: Law enforcement. But that will cost several parties bribe money for allowing what is illegal. A hard choice to make.

 

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