WATCH: Soi 7 Bar Raided for Underage Girls; 14-, 15-Year-Olds Found Selling Sex

Three underage girls, the youngest just 14, were found when Interior Ministry officials and Bangkok police raided a bar in the Sukhumvit Soi 7 entertainment complex.

Responding to a complaint from American NGO Operation Underground Railroad, Department of Provincial Administration inspectors and officers from the Lumpini Police Station on March 15 marched into dodgy hodgepodge of beer bars that technically operate as “restaurants” but don’t serve food or have kitchens.

Pulling up the 789 Bar, the lead DPA official confronts the owner and mamasan with evidence that an foreign undercover informant had paid to take an underage girl out of the bar.

An hour-long video of the raid was posted to Facebook. Above is 23-minute edited version.

Checking identification of the hostesses, two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old were discovered.

Owner Ratchada Sitakhet, 42, was arrested and charged with human trafficking, sex trafficking, encouraging children to commit crimes, and operating a bar without a license.

Ronnarong Thipsiri, director of the DPA’s Law Enforcement Center said the girls were required to serve alcoholic drinks with customers and provide sexual services.

Pol. Col. Nimit Nuphonthong, superintendent of Lumpini Police Station, said police worked with Interior Ministry investigators to root out child prostitution and said more checks in the Nana area would be forthcoming.

The Soi 7 bar complex has been a hotbed of illegal activity and coronavirus infections since it opened in December, with more than a dozen bars operating at a time when bars are supposed to be closed.

The complex has been shut repeatedly due to large coronavirus outbreaks, with more than 50 bargirls infected at one point.

The bars – er, “restaurants” –  also were shut in January during a license crackdown, but was able to reopen, allegedly by paying off Lumpini police.