Just a couple of days after police launched a brand-new (foredoomed) tourism safety campaign aiming to enforce a “zero crime” rate against holidaymakers in Pattaya a total of four tourists were robbed by a bunch of ladyboys on Pattaya Beach Road in just a single day.
In the first case, two Indian tourists, aged 33 and 37, were on their way back from Walking Street to their hotel in North Pattaya. As the tourists approached the entrance to Soi 6 at around 4 a.m. Friday morning they were chatted up by two ladyboys who offered them the usual sexual services. Pattaya One reports:
After politely declining the men were grabbed, manhandled and harassed by the ladyboys before breaking free and walking away.
Only after the ladyboys had fled the scene the Indian tourists noticed that one of them had lost a gold necklace valued at approx. 20,000 Baht while the other one had been pickpocketed and lost his wallet containing around 10,000 Baht in cash and personal documents. But the story doesn’t end here.
As they filed a report at Pattaya Police Station a few minutes later a 33-year-old Farang and his Thai wife also arrived at the station to report “they too had been robbed by ladyboy pickpockets in the very same area and using the same method of harassment.” They had lost 7,000 Baht in cash and a smartphone in the encounter.
While it has not been confirmed that the culprits in both cases were the same this is actually more than likely. As usual in most of these cases, however, all the police can do for now is examine CCTV footage in the area of Soi 6 in an attempt to identify and track down the ladyboy pickpockets.