A chain of sex shops in downtown Bangkok have been shutdown this week by authorities after a two-year-old article detailing what takes place inside these venues was widely shared on Thai social media last week and soon picked up by the mainstream news.
Dr BJ’s Salon opened on Sukhumvit Soi 7/1 back in September 2011 and soon had sister shops such as Dr BJ’s Nuru and Dr BJ’s Budget Bangers spring up around it in the same small soi.
Take a walk down the 7/1 today and you would see no trace of Dr BJ’s existence. Everything is gone with workmen in the shell of a shophouse stripping it bare and painting over anything and everything.
All the signs outside have been thrown in the back of a pickup and taken away.
The owners were bold in their marketing and the signage for all venues could easily be seen from the nearby Nana skytrain station. Flying under the radar wasn’t in the business plan and I’m surprised they pulled it off for as long as they did.
Raids in recent months seen temporary closures but it was soon back to business as usual at the houses of oral relief until the old Vice article from July 2014, “I Went to a Blowjob Bar in Bangkok, Thailand” began to spread on many popular Thai Facebook pages and groups the week before last with all the outrage and disgust you can imagine in the comments.
It didn’t take long for the story to appear on the Thairath, Khaosod and Daily News websites which one would assume led to the powers that be calling a meeting to call time on such a brazen enterprise.
I guess now the plans to expand and open Dr BJ’s A-Gogo & Dr BJ’s Lodge have been shelved with the “nurses” and “consultants” now seeking new employment.
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Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.