‘Helpful’ transvestites locked up on pick-pocketing charges

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Two transvestites questioned their arrest for allegedly pick-pocketing an Iranian man because, they claim, they were only returning money the tourist dropped.

Officers were called to Bali Hai Pier around 1 a.m. June 19 where Javad Amini and five others had detained Suriya Pudkiew, 21, and a 16-year-old Pattaya secondary school boy dressed as a woman. One suspect was holding 3,600 baht belonging to the Iranian tourist.

Javad Amini points to the boy that picked his pocket at Bali Hai pier. Javad Amini points to the boy that picked his pocket at Bali Hai pier.

Amini told police he was sitting with friends at Bali Hai and had been pestered by prostitutes offering their services. While leaving, he said the two katoeys grabbed him and use the distraction to pick his pocket. Wise to the move, Amini and friends detained the two suspects.

The younger ladyboy told police he was innocent and that, in fact, he was just returning cash to the tourist after the other transvestite had pulled the money from his pocket. Skeptical police locked up both the suspects.