Police bust Lat Phrao ‘orgy,’ organizer faces up to 10 years in prison

Photo: ‎‎Jack Vajira/ Rescue Volunteer News Thailand Facebook group
Photo: ‎‎Jack Vajira/ Rescue Volunteer News Thailand Facebook group

They’re rare, but they happen: a Thai sex bust that doesn’t involve foreigners.

This all Thai national tale took place early Sunday morning in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao neighborhood, known for its hellish traffic, among other things.

Police arrested 19 adult men and women they allege had paid a fee to attend an “orgy,” as well as the woman who organized it, at an area hotel.

Deputy Tourist Police chief and social media star Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakpal said in a press conference yesterday that the arrests were the result of a tip submitted to his Facebook page. Because of course they were.

Photo: ‎‎Jack Vajira/ Rescue Volunteer News Thailand Facebook group
Photo: ‎‎Jack Vajira/ Rescue Volunteer News Thailand Facebook group

He added that the organizer, Passaran Tuekpai, 39, had promoted the sex party on the messaging application BeeTalk and collected THB1,800 fee from each person who planned to celebrate at what was marketed as a: “Friendly, swinging party. Drink, celebrate, and get laid.”

Sold.

Photo: Royal Thai Police
Photo: Royal Thai Police

So the police sent an undercover cop to talk to Passaran, pay the fee, and head to the good times at Yotaka Boutique Hotel in Lat Phrao Soi 112.

The raid that followed saw police collect sex enhancement pills and used condoms in the hotel’s oddly named family room and detain all eight men and 11 women at the police station.

No drugs were found in the hotel room, and none of them tested positive for illegal substances, so the police released them without charges, Thairath reported.

We know what you’re thinking, and no, you can’t charge people for having consensual sex, which is why the embarrassed 19 were likely released in short order.

Photo: ‎‎Jack Vajira/ Rescue Volunteer News Thailand Facebook group
Photo: ‎‎Jack Vajira/ Rescue Volunteer News Thailand Facebook group

You can, however, charge someone with “gratifying the sexual desire of another person by procuring, seducing the man/woman with his or her consent,” which has what’s happened to the event’s organizer.

Yep, that’s an actual law, and she’s now facing a prison term of anywhere from one to 10 years and a fine of between THB2,000 and THB20,000.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Surachate said that this was not the only nefarious swinging group circulating on social media and that he has instructed police to investigate and … bust more orgies.

Much like your friendly Coconuts Bangkok editors, Thai netizens don’t really see the point of using police resources to arrest consensual adults.

“Why the hell did you arrest them? They just wanted to f*ck,” one person on YouTube said with Yoda-like wisdom.

“It’s their happiness. No one forced them to do anything, and police arrested them just to have a case to show off to the public, citing morals. It’s just silly,” said another.

And yet it sounds like we’ll be seeing more of it in the days and weeks ahead.

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