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Man questioned over bestiality “club” in northern Thailand

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PHOTO: The alleged organiser of the Bobo bestiality club (right) is interviewed by police at his home

(Image by Watchdog Thailand, censored to comply with Thai law)

A man who was allegedly running a bestiality “club” near the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai has been questioned by police after an investigation lasting more than a year by animal rights activists Watchdog Thailand (WDT).

The man was summoned for questioning after WDT showed police a video he had posted of himself having sex with a dog.

Members of WDT, which is funded by the animal charity, Soi Dog Foundation, often go undercover to collect evidence to expose cases of cruelty to animals, particularly dogs and cats.

WDT alleges that, using the Line chat application, the man invited people to join the “Bobo” group, for a fee of 200 baht. For that price, members could watch videos of others having sex with dogs. Once a month, members had the option to pay extra to meet dogs for “swinging sex”. A choice was offered of 10 dogs for abuse.

The Bobo leader allegedly collected and groomed young street dogs under the guise of “saving” them.

It took WDT more than a year to pin down the exact real-world location of the man, in the Sankamphaeng district of Chiang Mai Province. Once they had that information they were ready to enlist the aid of police.

WDT posted photos of the police action, with details, on its Facebook page, sparking outrage and calls for severe penalties for all involved in running or being members of Bobo.

The Thai Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animals Act, which came into force in 2014, allows for prison terms of up to two years and/or fines of up to 40,000 baht for those found guilty of cruelty to animals. Thus far, however, the courts have applied much lighter sentences. Also, the Computer Act Section 14 allows for prison terms of up to five years and/or fines of up to 100,000 baht or both.

A WDT spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We’re happy about the outcome and even happier that we got a great cooperation from the Commander of the Chiang Mai Police.

“The investigation will lead to the arrest of members of the group, whom we have already identified with their names and profiles. We cannot reveal the names for now, because news about the head of the group (being identified) has already (tipped off) the rest of them.

“We will definitely continue our investigation using the information we already have.”

The Bobo police action is the fourth high-profile case of cruelty to animals in Thailand in as many weeks.

A female DJ has also been arrested after being accused of disembowelling a kitten while it was still alive, allegedly for the enjoyment of members of a “dark” website, who paid for the entertainment.

And two men were arrested in separate incidents, both after flying into a rage and violently beating to death neighbours’ dogs that had offended them. WDT was involved in all three arrests.

The Soi Dog Foundation, which funds Watchdog Thailand, has praised WDT’s continuing courageous commitment to helping bring to justice people abusing animals physically or – in this latest case – sexually.

WDT was originally formed in 2011 as an undercover unit in Soi Dog’s drive to combat the smuggling of dogs by criminal gangs from Thailand to the dog meat restaurants of Vietnam. That drive, which lasted about seven years, finally killed off the illegal dog meat trade.

Soi Dog founder John Dalley said he was glad to see the alleged Bobo Club organiser had been identified. “Sadly,” he added, “bestiality is not limited to Thailand. It is an insidious crime often leading to the death of the animal used to entertain extremely disturbed people.

“This pervert has been operating for a long time and has finally been caught. We hope the courts will show no leniency.”

Soi Dog’s Bangkok Animal Welfare Director, Dr Tuntikorn Rumpatana, said that bestiality could lead to serious physical damage and health problems for the abused dogs, even leading to death.

Meanwhile, the alleged Bobo club leader denies all accusations against him, and says that a dog that appears in one of the offensive videos is now dead (poisoned by person unknown). Another appears to be a neighbour’s dog.

As a result, police have been unable so far to take away any dogs that are believed to have been abused.



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Bangkok

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. High 33ºC. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Generally clear. High 30ºC. Winds ESE and variable.

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Phuket

Afternoon showers. High 31ºC. Winds NNE and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

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Ko Samui

Thundershowers. High 25ºC. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

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Pattaya

Partly cloudy. High 32ºC. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Songkhla

Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 29ºC. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.

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Missing 14 year old girl now under government care

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by Kornkamol Aksorndej – The Nation Weekend

A 14 year old girl, reported missing for more than two weeks and later found with an older man in a Chiang Mai apartment, is now under government care.

Pol Maj General Jirabhop Bhuridej of the Crime Suppression Division, says, “We won’t give details about the case. The minor must be protected.”

The girl was found on Thursday with a 52 year old man, who has been confirmed as the father of one of the girl’s friends.

The man, identified only as Ronnachit, is now facing a charge of taking a child younger than 15 years old from her parents.

The girl didn’t contacted her family since December 27, concerning her parents. They feared she might have been abducted and filed a complaint with police in Bangkok last week and sought help from various outlets, including social media.

When police eventually located the girl, she was with ‘Ronnachit’, who said he was going on a sightseeing trip with the girl.

The girl is now under the care of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.

STORY: The Nation

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UPDATE: Missing 14 year old teenager found

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The missing 14 year old school girl Tipayarat “Yoyo” Laosuwanpong, reported by her family as a missing person yesterday, has been found safe.

She was found late last night (Thursday) in Chiang Mai. The family are awaiting further details and hoping to reunite with their daughter today.

Police say they’ve detained a 52 year old Chiang Mai man in relation to the case. A Thai newspaper is reporting that the 52 year old’s daughter may be involved in the case.

Yoyo’s father and his sister had only informed the CSD earlier yesterday about the disappearance of Tipayarat, who they say was a bright junior secondary student at Saipanya School.

Before the discovery of Yoyo latest night the girl’s aunt told media her niece was last seen riding in a tuk tuk in Bangkok about 2pm on December 27, and logged in to her Facebook account from the eastern province of Rayong the following day. The family had not been able to contact her since.

Read more about Tipayarat’s disappearance HERE.

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