Thai Topless Casino Girls Shock PoliceJanuary 20, 2012 3:34 pm
Thai police have vowed to locate an illegal gambling den believed to be in Bangkok, after photos of bare chested women surrounded by male gamblers was released onto the internet recently.
The two attendants wearing nothing but their panties can clearly be seen standing by a dice gaming table, with Thai money and a Thai game rules board clearly visible in the photo.
Responding to the incident, acting MPB deputy chief Pisit Pisutsak, said that if the photos prove to be genuine then it would indicate a significant escalation by criminals of illegal gambling establishments in Thailand.
At present, police are examining the photos in order to try identifying any of the people featured, with Police Lt Gen Winai commenting that if found to be in Bangkok, then the supervising police officer in that area would also face punishment.
In the past, many illegal Thai casinos have allegedly been linked to corrupt military and police officers, who then offer protection in order for payoffs. Therefore, previous high-profile raids often have only short-term effects.
Only last August, outspoken politician Chuvit Kamolvisit claimed senior police officers owned illegal casinos in central Bangkok, leading to several high-ranking police officers being investigated.
Furthermore, the now Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung said that while his party was in opposition, he had been carrying out research into Bankok’s casinos:
“I am the insider, I know how to pay. I know how to bribe. You see bribery in Thailand is a deeper issue, problem than anyone can think…but no one wants to say the truth,” commented Chalerm Yubumrung.
In general, casinos are illegal in Thailand but a study concluded last year that around 170 casinos of varying size continued to operate in Bangkok alone. Allegedly, the casino proprietors then pay between 5% and 20% of their illegal gains as bribes.