Steamed and seized: Bangkok sauna raid busts suspected sex and trafficking ring

Police raided a sauna and health spa within the Thon Buri district of Bangkok and apprehended 36 folks suspected of engaging in illegal sexual activities and human trafficking. It was later concluded no money for intercourse handed palms and there was no proof of human trafficking.
Officers from the Children and Women Protection Sub-Division raided Phoenix Sauna on the Ratchada-Tha Phra Road at midnight on July 8, after receiving a tip-off that the place was providing sex services for its gay prospects.
According to the authorities, the sauna operated inside a six-story building. The floor floor served as the reception space and housed lockers for patrons, while the second flooring was devoted to fitness actions. The third to fifth floors comprised rental rooms while the sixth floor housed sauna amenities.
Officers apprehended 31 male prospects, the sauna’s proprietor, and four staff members in the course of the raid. Model were found engaging in sexual actions within the rented rooms and lots of used condoms have been scattered all through the constructing. Following drug tests, all suspects’ results came again clean.
Staff members revealed to the police that they cost clients 200 baht every and provides them wristbands. Anyone who identifies as a giver would wear the band on the proper wrist whereas those that favored to obtain anal sex would put on it on the left wrist.
After investigating every suspect’s criminal historical past, only one man came again as having type, a 25 yr old named Thanawat Ongwiroj, for fraud.
The Commander of the Metropolitan Police Region eight, Nanop Sukonthanapat, concluded that the institution couldn’t be categorised as a brothel as it did not present sexual companies to its clients. The participation in sexual activities was voluntary and no cash transactions handed palms between the purchasers or the sauna’s owner.
Consequently, the police had been unable to press costs towards the homeowners, workers members, or prospects.
Nevertheless, the sauna’s owner, 33 yr outdated Surasak Songram, faces a penalty of imprisonment from one to 10 years and a nice from 20,000 to 200,000 baht for getting ready the venue as a place for people to interact in sexual actions.
Phoenix Sauna employees members, and the 31 males at the spa, have been launched and not utilizing a cost as their actions didn’t violate any legal guidelines..

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