30 ladyboys swept up, return to Beach Road

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Pattaya police again swept Beach Road of transgenders suspected of both prostitution and petty thefts, but released them in time for them to go back to work.

Officers rounded up 30 transgenders Oct. 24, finding five Laotians and three with no identification card. Each were fined 200 baht and released.

Capt. Naetithorn Rattanasuchanont claimed the police action would deter crime by the transvestites, who he said smeared Pattaya’s image and were involved in pick-pocketing and other crimes.

Pattaya police again swept Beach Road of transgenders suspected of both prostitution and petty thefts.Pattaya police again swept Beach Road of transgenders suspected of both prostitution and petty thefts.

The sweeps happen regularly and apparently have done nothing to strike fear into the streetwalkers, who easily pay off the fines, which never exceed 500 baht, and are back on the street within hours.