Police raid gives Soi 6 bars night off

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Banglamung officials brought business to a grinding halt on Pattaya’s Soi 6 as they shut down dozens of bars to test about 400 workers for drugs.

District Senior Secretary Amnart Charoensri, other bureaucrats and about 120 police officers and volunteers swept through the infamous bar street May 7, ending evening entertainment for many surprised foreigners. Bar workers, subjected to such raids a couple times a year, were less surprised.

Bar workers are lined up on Soi 6 so that police can test them for drugs. Bar workers are lined up on Soi 6 so that police can test them for drugs.

Officers checked identification cards, conducted urine tests and inspected facilities, warning a few shops with expired licenses and finding no employees under age 18. About 60 workers flunked their drug tests and were detained until more scientific tests could be conducted.