It was anything but party central on Pattaya’s Walking Street last night as over 100 cops came a knocking at pubs and clubs with foreigners set firmly in their sights – all in a bid reassure tourists that Sin City is a safe place to party.
I doubt the half dozen or so foreigners carted off in the back of a police pickup would agree but according to those in charge of the operation, those detained had broken the law in one way or another.
From what I can gather the primary objective was to catch visa violators as during the raids both Thais and foreigners were asked to produce I.D. which led to a number of party people checking bin sooner than they hoped and making an unscheduled stop at the police station to answer a few questions.
A number of go-go bars, nightclubs and restaurants were targeted including Sensations A-Go-Go and 808 nightclub, both popular with the tourist and expat crowd.
One bright spark who was carrying his passport with him whilst on overstay was nabbed in 808 and made the work of cops all the more easy.
To top off a great nights work, three foreign nationals were found to be working illegally in a restaurant and were detained pending prosecution and deportation.
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