Thai police warn gangs of 'ladyboys' are targeting tourists

police are engaged in a worsening street battle against ladyboys, who have become increasingly aggressive as they beat and rob tourists in popular ‘girlie’ resort towns.

In the latest brutal attack, German tourist Lutz Mohler was smashed in the face with a rock after being approached by two ladyboys in the Pattaya area, south of Bangkok, resulting in him losing consciousness and being robbed of all his money.

He was admitted to hospital with a broken nose and facial injuries – but his attackers were later arrested.

Thai police are engaged in a worsening street battle against ladyboys, who have become increasingly aggressive as they beat and rob tourists in popular ‘girlie' resort towns

Thai police are engaged in a worsening street battle against ladyboys, who have become increasingly aggressive as they beat and rob tourists in popular ‘girlie’ resort towns

Shortly before that incident, a gang of transgender ‘shemales’ prowled the streets of Pattaya looking for unsuspecting tourists.

They got away with hundreds of pounds worth of rings, watches and cash in what police admit is an increasing problem in towns that have notorious girlie bar reputations such as Pattaya and Phuket.

Just last December four ladyboys were arrested and questioned by Pattaya police after 28-year-old British tourist Naami Keyghobadi, from Leeds, died when he fell from a nightclub’s fourth floor window.

One of the arrested ladyboys told police that Mr Keyghobadi had fallen after an argument with one of their younger friends over payment.

Police say that hardly a day goes by when they don’t hear of a problem involving a ladyboy.

‘This is of great concern to us,’ Police Colonel Suktad Poompanmuang said on Sunday at Pattaya headquarters following the arrest of two ladyboys for the attack on Mr Mohler.

‘The ladyboys are not only aggressively attacking tourists to rob them, they are also severely harassing them for sex.It makes the streets very dangerous late at night.’

Mr Mohler told local reporters that he had been approached by what he thought were two women who invited him to join them for sex.

‘When I refused, they hit me with a rock and rode off on a motor bike.’

In the latest brutal attack, German tourist Lutz Mohler was smashed in the face with a rock after being approached by two ladyboys in the Pattaya area, south of Bangkok. Pictured is a woman dancing on a table in Pattaya. File photo

In the latest brutal attack, German tourist Lutz Mohler was smashed in the face with a rock after being approached by two ladyboys in the Pattaya area, south of Bangkok.Pictured is a woman dancing on a table in Pattaya. File photo

He then lapsed into unconsciousness, only to find when he recovered that his money was missing.

In an earlier robbery a 26-year-old Chinese tourist, Wang Yong, was approached by five ladyboys as he walked back to his tour bus.

They surrounded him, harassed him for sex, pulled at his arms and clothing – and it was only when he made his escape and arrived back at the bus that he found a neck chain and his ring were missing.

Just 30 minutes later an Indian tourist, 34-year-old Rajendra Gupta, was surrounded by what police believe was the same gang of ladyboys who cleverly robbed him of a valuable neck chain he was wearing.

Sometimes the police are lucky and have caught aggressive ladyboys in the act of robbery, such as an incident when two ladyboys were trying to grab a bag containing cash and other personal items from a Japanese tourist.

‘We stumbled upon the crime and were able to arrest the two ladyboys,’ said a police spokesman.

The transgender pair were charged with aggravated theft – as were the two who attacked German tourist Mr Mohler.

‘There’s a 1000 baht (£20) fine for sexual harassment, with possible imprisonment for causing serious injury, but that hasn’t cut down the problems,’ said Colonel Poompanmuang. 

‘We can only advise tourists to be very careful about who they speak to late at night and avoid being out and about alone at that time.’

In a warning to tourists, an expat has posted a list of signs that help newcomers to sex resorts identify transgender ladyboys.

The expat advises to look out for an Adam’s apple, large hands and feet, a deep voice, and take note of height – transgenders are usually taller than the average Thai woman.

And if it comes to going to a room with an attractive ‘female’, says the expat, be ready to run for it if, when clothes are removed, there is one more very obvious ‘give-away’.

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