Police in sex capital of the world Pattaya today continued their crackdown on hookers by catching 40 prostitutes who travelled their from AFRICA – in a mad gold rush to cash in on the sin city’s sex trade.
Officers patrolled the notorious Walking Street – where hundreds of scantily clad girls tout their services all hours of the day and night – and said they observed dozens of women from Uganda and Madasgcar vying for custom from tourists.
They were rounded up in police vans and marched to the local station to have their details taken as police renewed efforts to change the sleazy resort into a family-friendly area.
Several brothels and nightclubs have been raided and officers are now targeting International sex workers who arrive to work illegally from Africa.
The notorius city has been likened to the Wild West – with prostitutes from around the world flocking there similar to the frontier Gold Rush in the 19th century.
But the notorious tourist hotspot has caused controversy in recent weeks after a series of lurid stories exposing the ‘’modern day Sodom and Gomorrah’’.
The Thai PM has personally ordered a crackdown and government chiefs have been scrambling to change the image.
Police chief Netithorn Ratanasuchanan, who led the latest raid in the early hours of this morning, said they were specifically looking for ”women of colour” and found that most of the women the captured were from Madagascar and Uganda.
He said the women were all taken down to the police station for questioning and all of their passport details and other personal documents were noted as evidence.
All of the women strongly denied any claims of prostitution but police said that after observing their behavior beforehand, they were confident that they were in fact selling themselves for money.
Several of the women taken in also had fake documents that did not match up to their stories.
A police spokesperson said they had questioned the women and were still investigating before any charges could be made. They said a crackdown would continue with the aim of cleaning up Pattaya’s image.
Pattaya is believed to be home to some 27,000 sex workers made up mainly of Thai women and transsexuals but growing numbers of African women arrive with tourist visas to work as prostitutes.
Large numbers of escorts from Russia and Eastern Europe also work in the country’s strip clubs and logo bars while small numbers of western women form countries including Britain, Australia and the U.S. combine holidays with sex work advertising themselves online.