Decoding crimes behind color lights

 VietNamNet Bridge – When two girls finished their sexy dances on the platform, a middle-aged man was so excited, so he stepped up on the platform to hold the pillar and dance rabidly. Below, a group of young boys snickered. Hatred began.

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Police officers search a bar in HCM City.

Going to bars is dangerous but playboys in HCM City always know that the most secure destinations are located in District 1 and District 3. Meanwhile, the bars in the districts of Go Vap, Tan Phu, Binh Tan have latent risks, why?

In most of the cases that the HCM City police force discovered, many cases have become lessons in security and order management for local authorities.

It is worth noting that adjacent areas between districts are always the easy places for crimes because of loose coordination among district authorities.

There are a lot of night clubs, karaoke parlors, cafes and restaurants in the adjacent area of the districts of Go Vap and Tan Binh, including Monaco Bar. This is the venue for playboys from the four districts of Go Vap, Tan Binh, District 12 and Hoc Mon, especially on the weekends.

In the January-July period of 2012, the Go Vap district had 133 criminal cases, an increase of 8 compared to the same period of 2011. The district police forces investigated 104 cases and arrested 134 people.

Recently, a gang, led by a woman, kidnapped a debtor to a house in Go Vap District, forced him to write a promissory note of VND1.5 billion ($75,000). The police quickly rescued the victim.

On September 25, a murder occurred at Monaco Bar, located in this area. The bar closed after the incident. However, after Monaco closed, a new bar has opened, not very far from it. Will it be the second Monaco Bar?

“Float” and “salvage"

Monaco Bar was closed after a murder in September.

A group of young men led us to the N.Tr café on Le Duc Tho Street, Ward 17, Go Vap District. Though it is a café, N.Tra is actually a night club.

In the bar, there are nearly 30 tables, three platforms for sexy dancers and three sofas. At 11.30pm, the bar was extremely noise by dozens of young people who were dancing madly in very loud music.

We nodded to the music for about half an hour when a group of young men entered the bar, sitting around two tables beside us. It seemed that they were drunk already and perhaps took ecstasy, so they moved their table near to the loudspeakers.

A moment later, the members of this group stood up to dance in front of the loudspeakers, with the melody of the newly-emerging song “Gangnam Style” by Korean singer Psy. They also aped the horse dance by Pys, making the guards in the bar to smile.

It sounded that after the Monaco case, bars are more interested in security activities. When that group moved closely to our table, three guards approached to require them to give us some space and urged them to return to their tables.

After 12pm, most customers began getting drunk. Two young girls stepped to the dance platforms to perform dances with pillars. Those they were not perfect performers, the girls were still warmly cheered.

The group of over ten people, who occupied the largest salon in the bar, was served by three young girls. When the two dancers finished their shows, a man of around 35 years old in this group was so excited. He stepped to a platform to dance around the pillar. Below, teens snickered.

Guards in the bar several times asked the man to leave the platform but perhaps he was the best potential customer of the night, so the bar manager let him to “show off.”

The group of teenagers near our table began to be bored with dancing around the loudspeakers. They also wanted to join the man on the platform. Guards again had to beg them to come back to their tables to avoid a collision.

Within two hours at this bar, we understood that even the smallest conflict can become a fierce clash among customers at night clubs.

In July 2012, the Ho Chi Minh City Court of Appeal rejected the appeal of Tran Chi Tam, 25, Le Hiep Thanh, 19 and Tran Thanh Ngoc, 25 and maintained the life sentence on these defendants. Tow others, Nguyen Chi Hao, 18, and Le Minh Canh, 24, got 15 and 14 years in prison on charges of "murder."

Tam’s group used to go to Galaxy bar on Hoang Le Kha Road, Tay Ninh town, Tay Ninh province to drink and dance, with a weapon. Being afraid of these gangsters, the bar’s manager allowed the group to use the bar’s services for free, considering them as “protectors.” This group caused a murder at the bar later.

Quoc Quang