Beer bar busted for trafficking underage girls

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A North Pattaya beer bar was raided last week for allegedly trafficking underage prostitutes.

Manop Rungsisuk, who claimed to be a policy and planning analyst at the office of permanent-secretary of the Prime Minister’s office and his 32-year-old sister Sophit Sukhcharoen were apprehended at the Shada beer bar opposite the Tiffany Theater in North Pattaya Dec. 26 after a foreigner cooperating with the Pattaya Tourist Police arranged the purchase of sexual services from a 17-year-old.

Manop Rungsisuk and his sister Sophit Sukhcharoen have been arrested for human trafficking and prostitution charges. Manop Rungsisuk and his sister Sophit Sukhcharoen have been arrested for human trafficking and prostitution charges.

Officers from the Tourist Police as well as the women and children’s protection division seized the money used to buy the girl, a ledger of other underage employees, and a box of condoms.

Police said Manop, 30, said he was working as a cashier to help his sister and did not know of any prostitution being run out of the bar. With evidence that the teen girl was dispatched out to a Naklua hotel, officers didn’t give the alleged bureaucrat’s claims any credence.

The 17-year-old girl from Nakhon Ratchasima said she’d been tricked into working as a prostitute and had not been paid despite servicing three customers.

Both bar employees were slapped with human trafficking and prostitution charges.