FEAR is spreading that the Sweethearts Bar body-in-a-bag killer may still be on Phuket, and that he may strike again. Bar girls across the island are terrified and hoping that the 50,000 baht reward now on offer will lead to the man’s swift arrest.
”If he does not get caught, there will be a next time,” one frightened Thai woman who owns a hostess bar told Phuketwan today. She was too scared to have her name published, but she said that deep concern about the shocking murder had spread to every corner of Phuket.
”When my girls go home with an expat customer now, I insist that they call from the house or room to tell me they are safe. We have to be more careful. Nobody ever expected this kind of monster murderer on Phuket.”
Inevitably, given the casual nature of the business and the scale and spread of the sexpat and sex tourism trade, a murder sooner or later was inevitable. Latest Public Health figures reveal there are 727 bars on Phuket, with 6125 female and 996 male employees.