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On Saturday night officials in Phuket arrested the owner of the bar that staged the lewd stage show that Rihanna brought to the world’s attention on her social network.
International pop star Rihanna stirred up a storm last month during a visit to Thailand when she posted photos of herself with a slow loris she posed for with pictures from touts on Bangla. She also posted a Twitter message about “shocking” adult shows that she has witnessed during her trip. Her comments went viral and many hold local officials responsible for the illegal antics that continue in Phukets premier tourist town of Patong.
Owner of the Season Bar Warunyoo Jornmuang was arrested for operating an entertainment venue without the correct permit and for staging lewd shows, during an unannounced tour of the tourist walking street. The case has now been handed over to the Paton police for further action according to Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol.
Governor Maitri explained the lack of forewarning “We wanted to make sure we would see things as they really are and what illegal activities were going on, I also had plainclothes police patrolling the area and assigned officers to maintain CCTV surveillance along the road to make sure that police can help tourists in their time of need,” he said.
In addition to Mr Veera, joining the governor for his Bangla walk were Phuket Provincial Commander Ong-art Phiwruangnon and Patong Superintendent Chiraphat Pochanaphan. “We did not find any illegal animal touts on Soi Bangla,” Mr Veera noted. During the inspection tour, the officials stopped to speak with tourists to let them know that their safety and well-being were a top priority.
“A lot of tourists asked to have their photo taken with the governor. It was good to see so many smiles from tourists,” Chief Veera said.