Pattaya karaoke owner busted for pimping underage girl

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Pattaya karaoke bar owner was arrested on charges of pimping out a 16-year-old girl.

Sommai Chongthanakamol, 48, was taken into custody during a sting operation where an undercover informant masqueraded as a tourist at Nangfa Karaoke on Third Road. After beers were served, he was joined by the teenage girl and, soon after, Sommai, who allegedly told the operative that, for 400 baht, the girl could escort him off the premises. Fees for additional services would be arranged separately.

Sommai Chongthanakamol (left) has been arrested for pandering an underage girl and other prostitution-related charges.Sommai Chongthanakamol (left) has been arrested for pandering an underage girl and other prostitution-related charges.

Once the cash was exchanged, officers swooped in. Sommai was charged with pandering an underage girl and other prostitution-related charges.

The girl was taken to a government shelter and will be encouraged to press additional charges, including human trafficking, police said.