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DSI raids Thai model agency, finds 500,000 photos and videos of child pornography

Caitlin Ashworth

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Around a half a million pornographic photos and videos of children allegedly from a Thai modelling agency were seized by officers from the Department of Special Investigation, or DSI. Officers raided the modelling agency, which is run from a home in a Pathum Thani neighbourhood, and arrested the owner of the agency.

Police say the home had a studio with camera equipment. Around 500,000 videos and photos of child pornography were found. The owner of the model agency faces charges of downloading pornographic material for dissemination, sexually abusing minors under 13, sexual assault and separating minors from their parents for sexual purposes. It’s unclear how many children were exploited.

The Australian Federal Police first reported a child pornography photo to Thai authorities, prompting a national investigation. The organisation Operation Underground Railroad, which is based in California, provided technical support during the investigation.

DSI director general Korawat Parnpraphakorn is advising parents to verify that a modelling agency is reputable before allowing their children to take photos and videos alone with a photographer.

Just last month, an owner of a modelling company in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district was arrested on child pornography charges.

SOURCES: Thai PBS| Thairath

 

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    Ian

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    At last the thai police do some good they need to lock them up for life ffs children under 13 so sick the scum

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    Kim

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    These sicko’s should be castrated without anesthetic and endure the same kind of assault they have forced upon these children!

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    Craig

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Shocking. Another money making opportunity here.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Normally I’ve got zero support for Operation Underground Railroad as a bunch of self-serving opportunists, but in this case they might have done some good.

    Parents should also be held to account if they don’t know exactly what sort of “modelling” their children are doing.

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      Karen

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Do you really believe that every child who`s asked what sort of modelling they are doing will tell the truth ??? Of course they won`t and these perverted and greedy individuals will be very good at manipulating, bribing them with cheap gifts or sweets, or even threatening them.
      If parents really want to be sure they should go with their children so they can SEE what is happening !!

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Was Gary Glitter there??!!

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      James R

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:17 am

      Jim

      No he is still in prison in the UK.

      But he has already had his free Covid vaccine, the rest of us in the UK have to wait our turn.

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        Baroness

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:05 am

        Like in Canada, inmates are first in line for the vaccination because “they are under the responsibility of the government”. Which means that the rest of the population is nothing more than “chicken liver”. Pay taxes and die.

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    Sense OfHumor

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I didnt know Boe Jiden owned a home in Pathum Thani?

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      Michael

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:44 am

      No, that was Donald “Grab them by the pussy” Trump.

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    James Pate

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Heartbreaking and horrible!

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Another example of Thai morality. There seems no vileness they will not sink to . . .

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      Honest Al

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      A bit harsh Toby! These low life immoral scumbags exist all over the world not just Thailand and well done to those responsible for shutting them down. Let’s hope long and painful jail-time follows

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        Karen

        Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:55 am

        l agree completely, it`s disgusting the lengths these pervs go to but just singling out Thais is wrong as unfortunately it does happen everywhere.

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    toby_james

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:08 am

    30 years ago you could have made a dating website out of this in Thailand and its just so wrong.

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    Jim kelly

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I WONDER WHY BILL WYMAN WAS NEVER CONVICTED OF HAVING SEX WITH MANDY SMITH WHEN SHE WAS 15 YEARS OLD?! Puzzling.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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