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Massage shop faces closure after a foreign customer claimed she was sexually abused

A Thai traditional massage shop in Sukhumvit area is facing closure and blacklisted after a female customer lodged a complaint with the police that she was sexually assaulted by a staff member in the premise.

The Taiwanese tourist lodged a complaint with Thonglor police that she went to the massage shop in Sukhumvit S0i 23 for a massage on April 13, but during the session, she was assaulted and raped by a masseur.

The massage shop was later raided by a team of police and officials from the Department of Health Service Support.  It was inspected Tuesday (April 17) by Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, and Dr Thongchai Kiratihatthayakorn, deputy director-general of Health Services Support Department.

Pol Gen Wirachai questioned the 27-year old masseur, Mr Phurivat Thienchai, who admitted that he had sex with the Taiwanese tourist but claimed she consented to his approach.

He said police were awaiting result of medical check on the victim before the case was to be submitted to the public prosecutor for indictment.

Meanwhile, Dr Thongvhai said the owner of the massage shop would face a maximum fine of 30,000 baht for allowing sex to take place in the premise.  He added he would propose to the health service board to withdraw the operating license of the parlor and also to blacklist the premise.

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