Mine was the pimp thing. They knew I wasn't the recurring passive income type.
My mate isn't into LB's and doesn't know I am. I went along with it for the last 3 days of the trip.
There were two girls,the other one was with my mate staying in a different hotel.He left the day before me and was 'met' as the taxi pulled into the airport and threatened.He handed over what he had but they wanted more. He was let go because they had me for another night. They would have made me cough up for his 'balance' plus wahever they felt I owed. I would have paid my girl under normal one to one circumstances but I wasn't meeting these guys. If I was still in my hotel when they called I would have had to buy my passport back! It was a set up for sure. I'm just posting this as a warning. Thailand is a dangerous place. Stick to the bar fine system,pay your bills and don't buy or deal in drugs.
Generally GG and LB freelancers around Pattaya operate by themselves and not as an organized crime syndicate. Let alone they know the meaning, most of them don't think two days in advance - they are generally safe to go with. Fully agree with you that meeting the "pimps" isn't an option in this case, wouldn't even tempt to communicate - a phone number can be switched instantly and so can hotels overnight. But most likely as many scam attempts they only attempt those that seem easy targets:
- Customers that are first timers to Pattaya.
- Customers that are bound to leave soon.
A good rule of thumb is to remember you are meeting a stranger, and taking in a stranger into your world. It's best to be cautious. Will always remember the first night in Jakarta, went there with experienced nightlife trotters and hooked up with a group of GGs. Three of them told lies (been here 4 times before, staying for 2 months been here about 3 weeks now) while one of them got excited to be in a new place and told the truth (first time, just arrived staying 3 days). Three of us paid the local fee "hassle free" long time at 500,000 IDR (about $43,76) - The excited friend got into a lot of trouble and had a bad experience, the GG threatened with police and rape if the 3,0000,000 IDR (about $262,56) was not paid. Needless to say she ended up with 500,000 IDR and was thrown straight out of the hotel by hefty force
Haven't heard of many extortion type of cases around Pattaya, but could understand most victims would feel ashamed to even share the story. Be curious to know more information such as; how much they demanded, how they tempt to communicate with their victims, did the girl participate in trying to steal your passport and such?
The case in Indonesia was dealt with directly and with force, think actually that's the way to do it. As soon the victim stops being an easy target.. they simply move on to the next one.