• Many photos were taken to give publicity to Phuket's finest in the massive investigations into illicit behavior in Phon Pon last night. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong
  • Therapists took cover in the 'girl display and selection tank' when the raiding 'party' arrived at Euro Massage. Photo Kritsada Mueanhawong

Army soldiers and Phuket police raid 16 massage parlors at Poonpol Night Plaza

national June 24, 2017 16:46

By Phuket Gazette

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Following an order by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, a 'task force' of 100 police and soldiers raided 16 massage venues in and near Poonpol Night Plaza on Friday night. The raids were led by Capt Bhavorn Promkeawngam.

The purpose of the operation was to suppress illicit behavior, including possession of drugs, working without a permit and human trafficking.

Police say the massive effort uncovered five illegal migrant workers, all female, from three venues, as follows:

– at the Violin Massage parlor: 1 Lao, 2 Hill Tribe girls from the north of Thailand (non-Thai)

– at the Angel Massage parlor: 1 Cambodian

– at the Euro Massage parlor: 1 Hill Tribe woman

All were taken to a police station for questioning.

"The personnel in every shop were urine-tested for drugs, with none found. Everyone was clean and no prostitution was found either,” Capt Bhavorn told the Phuket Gazette.

A happy ending indeed.

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