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40 Thai minors found victimised after Thailand modelling agent arrested for assault and pornography

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Investigators say at least 40 Thai minors are victims of a Thai child modelling agency, in Pathum Thani, accused of transnational crimes including child pornography and sexual assault. The company, Nene Modelling Agency, which lies north of Bangkok, was raided over a week ago by the Thai Department of Special Investigation, with a 23 year old “agent” being arrested in the process.

Danudet Sangkaew, who goes by “Nene,” was arrested as part of DSI’s Operation Casting Call, which was created after a tip-off from the Australian Federal Police last year. The investigation was led by a team of international agencies, including FBI, Homeland Security, New Zealand Police and a non-profit called Operation Underground Railroad.

The investigation uncovered more than half a million image files related to child sexual exploitation in Nene’s possession, which included thousands of male children worldwide, between 6 and 15 years of age, in addition to the Thai children.

Nene allegedly approached his victims through schools by pretending to search for young models. Gaining access to schools allowed him to develop trust with the victims’ parents who allowed him to take them to his office outside Bangkok, where he is allegedly abused them.

The modelling agency developed a portfolio that boasted it had worked with more than 8,400 child models since 2013, with the DSI claiming it was a famous modelling agency in Thailand.

The recent uncovering of more than 500,000 child pornographic images is considered “the biggest confiscation in history”, according to an Operation Underground Railroad spokesperson. Apart from images, which were categorised by country, the investigative team found hundreds of thousands of child sexual abuse materials. Those children’s costumes, toys, cartoon drawings and electronic devices were all were used to “groom” the children in order to abuse them.

Nene is detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison, where he faces charges including sexually assaulting children under the age of 13 and bringing pornographic data into a computer system that is accessible by the general public.

Operation Underground Railroad says the investigation has opened up other sources to look into, as the child pornography ring spans multiple countries.

SOURCE: ChannelNewsAsia

 

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    yeah, BUT 5 YEARS OF “FISH HEADS AND RICE” and a 100,000 baht fine!
    Now post the VIMEO VIDEO of “you know who” at a party in Germany on Twitter and it’s life imprisonment.. 15 years+++++

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      Slugger

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:47 pm

      What? Pursue your personal crusade somewhere else.

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Slugger!! Do one you fuck wit!!!

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    Ian

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:38 am

    It’s not private slugger you areshole the world’s seen it 555 your just
    Another dickhead in denial

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      Bill

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      the loser ian likes to say 555.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Only 40 Thai kids over the span of 8 years? Are you kidding me? Can biometrics help identify more? If kids were 10 or 12 in 2013 they are young adults now and may need psychological help. Some may have ended up on drugs, in jail or even worse! More must be done to identify and help the victims!

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    Jason

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Because so much of this is online, it will make tracking the end users /purchasers that bit easier. There have been a growing number of successful prosecutions in my country of paedophiles and paedophile rings. I think a concerted effort (as in this case from all countries and their investigative authorities) is the best way. I also think we need to support the victims and their families, first and foremost. It is a universal problem around the world and certainly isn’t only in Thailand.

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    brian mc

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    i dated a minor for 2 months. stunk of coal.

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Yes Jason… agree totally. The big issue here in Thailand is the punishment delivered by the ridiculous courts. Fuck an innocent 10 year old girl or boy and it’s a few years in jail..give or take…BUT, say the King @@@@s bar girl whilst still married (for a time!), oh…. and you’re looking at life!!!

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