Ironic turnabout sees transvestite drugged, robbed by hotel guest


In a turn of usual events, a transvestite complained to police he was drugged and robbed of about 80,000 baht by a man who picked him up in a bar.

Chakan Ari-uea, 26, filed a report with Pattaya police around 5 a.m. Dec. 17 that a gay man he met in an Issan-style pub on Petrakul Road the night before had robbed him after they went back to his hotel room. The ladyboy said three gold rings, two gold bracelets, watch, smartphone and 13,000 baht cash were taken.

The victim said he was eating at the pub when the suspects, along with five other men, approached him and began to chat. The suspect, whose name Chakan didn’t get, invited him back to his hotel. Chakan said a woman entered the room and gave him a glass of water. He soon passed out.

The victim doesn’t recall where the hotel was, so police are checking security camera footage at the pub to help determine the suspect’s identity.

The event may be a first for Pattaya where reports of transvestites drugging and robbing tourists has become commonplace.