CHONBURI — A transgender sex worker was arrested for allegedly attacking a Russian man in the resort town of Pattaya last week, police said.
Pol.Col. Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya Police Station, announced the arrest at a press conference last night.
The 25-year-old Russian tour guide told police on 22 July that he brought the sex worker back to his hotel room in Pattaya, where they got in an argument and she attacked him with a box cutter and stole his phone before running away, Pol.Col. Sukthat told reporters.
Police then investigated the incident and arrested the 32-year-old transgender woman at her home in Nakhon Sawan province.
According to Pol.Col. Sukthat, she told police the Russian man approached her on Pattaya beach on the night of the incident and offered to pay 1,000 baht for her sexual services. However, he later reneged on the agreement and refused to pay, Pol.Col. Sukthat said.
"So she became angry and used the box cutter she was carrying in her purse to slash his face out of rage," Pol.Col. Sukthat said. "She also took 1,000 baht from the man, ran away from the room, and got on a bus to hide at her hometown."
The woman insisted that she only took the cash, and did not steal the Russian man's iPhone as he has alleged.
She has been charged with assault and nighttime theft, but not prostitution, which is illegal in Thailand but rarely enforced by authorities.
Pattaya is a popular beach town east of Bangkok, known around the world as a capital for sex tourism.
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