Arrest follows Rihanna’s sex show visit

18 Oct 2013

The owner of the Soi Bangla bar at the centre of a controversy over a live sex show was arrested last weekend. The arrested man is Waranyoo Jornmuang who is the proprietor of the Seasons pub which was visited by pop icon Rihanna last month.

Following her night out at Seasons, Rihanna posted up on Twitter that she must have been the worse for wear. She said she could have sworn that she saw a woman in a sex show produce articles such as ping-pong balls, darts and razor-blades from the most unlikely place.

When Rihanna’s Tweet went viral it caused outrage among Thai internet fans and they demanded that authorities on Phuket take action against bars staging live sex shows as they sullied the country’s international image. Undercover police officers subsequently ran surveillance operations at Seasons and other bars providing sex shows.

Mr Jornmuang was arrested after the officers confirmed that lewd shows were part of the nightly entertainment on offer at Seasons. Police said later that the pub owner had been charged with providing and operating lewd shows.   

Mr Jornmuang was taken into custody just as Phuket governor Maitree Intrusud and senior police officers took a walking tour around Soi Bangla and the adjacent streets of Patong. The entourage visited Seasons, but the entertainment had already been switched over to a relatively tame ladyboy dance show.

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