Banglamung Authorities Search 17 Karaoke ShopsAuthorities of Amphur Banglamung mobilized forces of police and army officers searched 17 karaoke shops in the area of south Na Kluea. The officers found many female employees working there and 3 owners of the karaoke shops did not have business operation licenses. One apartment owner was arrested but there was no breach of the human trafficking legistation.
PATTAYA – February 2,2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 9.00 p.m., Mr. Chakhon Kanjanawatta (Banglamung sheriff, Chon Buri province) had received complaints from the local people that karaoke shops behind an Esso gas station in area of south Na Kluea had smuggled in young women to provide services for customers. Therefore, the Banglamung sheriff ordered Mr. Praphan Prathoomchomphu (Deputy District Chief of Amphur Banglamung) to collaborate with Pol.Col. Chonnaphat Nawalak (Superintendent of Banglamung police station) and army officers of the 14th Military Circle to search the 17 karaoke shops in the area in order to find illicit items, human trafficking, illegal alien workers and the stealthy (smuggling) operation of child prostitution by children aged under 18 years old.
Upon searching operation, the authorities found that most karaoke shops did not open for service but there were some shops with a light in front of the shops on as well as some young women who were sitting to welcome the customers. Authorities inspected the women’s identification but nobody was found to be under 18 years. The authorities found 3 karaoke shops did not have business operation licenses therefore the 3 shop owners were detained for investigation. Officers also detained an owner of a daily-monthly apartment for investigation and seized a lot of 50 THB-hourly bills, revenue and expense documents, rental fee documents and business operation license to be inspected whether they were illegal or not or whether this apartment owner took part in supporting the human trafficking or not which if he was found guilty, he will be prosecuted further according to the Thai law.