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Australian man wanted for allegedly sexually abusing children in Thailand

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A 44 year old Australian man is wanted by Thai police for allegedly sexually abusing children in Thailand. Adam James Fox financially supported some migrant children in poverty stricken areas and allegedly sexually abused them.

Adam James Fox is wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting or abusing at least 3 Burmese boys, all under 15 years old, at his home in Tak’s Mae Sot district near the Myanmar border.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Adam has claimed the accusations are a “set up.” The Herald notes there is an explicit video allegedly involving Adam and a boy as well as messages that go into detail about sexual abuse.

Reports of alleged sexual abuse came in after a local school principal noticed some of the boys had been absent from class, according to human trafficking investigator Daniel Isherwood.

“All children were interviewed by local social workers from a multidisciplinary team. I can confirm serious sexual abuse was reported, including ongoing sexual violation and indecencies. Boys also report being photographed nude and having access to drugs.”

Reporters from the Sydney Morning Herald obtained messages sent by Adam back in November on the messaging app Line. In a message about sexual acts with children, the Herald says Adam wrote “And I love it… And no one can do anything about it.”

In another message, the Herald says Adam wrote about giving a boy methamphetamine and heroin, then sexually abusing him. He allegedly wrote in a message that he filmed the acts and posted it on the “dark web.”

The Herald says reporters were able to contact Adam. They say Adam confirmed that he wrote the messages, but claimed he was angry and “didn’t mean what he wrote.”

“All right, I was an idiot to say that but, man, there’s plenty of other things I said. I threatened to blow up the court building. I have been flipping out.”

A local child welfare organisation reports that there is also a video of a child masturbating and Adam participating. Adam told the Herald that there is a video of a child masturbating, but Adam says his back was turned and the video was a set up.

The migrant boys who Adam allegedly abused live in poverty stricken areas. Adam says he was supporting their education and well being. According to local authorities, he paid a victim’s mother 4,500 baht per month.

The Royal Thai Police first charged Adam early last year. He was released on bail, but failed to show up to his court date in December. Adam posted a video online saying he had bribed people, including government workers. The Herald says Adam is on the run in Bangkok.

“Corruption in Thailand is at all levels and with enough money you can get people to give you whatever you want, whatever you need.”

SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald

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    Gazmo

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    In the United Kingdom it’s innocent until proven guilty but this piece of work has left me in little doubt he is guilty on all counts. Please catch him quick as he is bragging about him crimes and any decent “Farang” should turn him in to the Authorities in an instant. He brings shame on all of us who visit or reside in the Kingdom as guests.

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    Jason

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    I agree as an Australian with the sentiments in the last comment. Presumption of innocence is however a basic tenant of common law. Absconding from bail is not a good look and could be prejudicial in a trial. I can only hope the defendant turns himself in and complies with Thai Law. I have visited Thailand many times and I knew when I first came there that I was a guest in Thailand and respected absolutely, the rule of law and compiled in every way. So should he.

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    Sean

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Who said that last quote in the final paragraph?

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    It’s all a bit odd.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald he’s “on the run” in Bangkok but is still in regular touch with the SMH, and he seems to have given the SMH all the details of what he was up to including the drugs and the bribes.

    All a bit weird.

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    Star 364

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    He should be put down like a rabid dog.

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    Metoo

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, 2 comments sort of defending a presumed pedophile! The guy had almost a year to organise his defense and prove he was wrongly accused…but he goes on the run and still the previous comments advance “innocent till proven guilty”… If he’s caught and indeed guilty and charged I wish he spends the rest of his ignominious existance behind Thai and not Australian bars… The children are Thai, he must rot in a Thai prison!

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      John_2

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:20 am

      The children are Burmese – “wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting or abusing at least 3 Burmese boys”.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:02 am

        So he should rot in a Burmese prison.
        .
        lol
        Who cares where he rots, as long as he rots.
        by the way, the bail money was the bribe. If he had not started bragging the police would have no been looking for him.
        He was released a year ago!

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      Olivia

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:04 am

      He’s not a “presumed” pedophile, he’s an “alleged” pedophile. I think YOU are the one presuming he’s guilty – and then surprised at anyone who responds without the same assumption of guilt.

      I live in Thailand 50% of the year and the Thai law is dangerous thing to get involved in. Innocent people go to jail if they don’t have the money to play the game. It’s that simple.

      Get on google and search for his name – this case has a long history of publicized corruption and twists and turns. If I were him I would have run too.

      I say good luck to him and others shouldn’t condemn a man to guilt if all you know is this story. It feels good to say he should rot in hell – and it’s always men that say such naïve stuff like that.

      See if you have the balls to say it to his face after you’ve educated yourself a little more about this story.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:34 am

    Being “set up” usually involves drugs. Unfortunately, in sex abuse cases, the story usually turns out to be true. Nonetheless, innocent until proven guilty and we will have to wait and see. Seems the authorities take an even dimmer view when it involves boys instead of girls.

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    Johnny is My Biggest Fan

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Johnny defends human sex traffickers on another post also.

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    Geoff

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:06 am

    There’s a lot of detail…if all true, castrate him. Preferably not chemically.

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    Patrick

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Um… I think the reported hasn’t checked out this story properly. I’m all for hanging a pedophile by the balls… but.. here:

    https://www.maesotaussietruth.com/2021/01/australian-reporter-nz-cop-love-affair-perverts-justice/

    it has a VERY different story with some damning evidence against the “investigator”, Daniel Isherwood.

    Just sayin’

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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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Last week, a mayoral candidate was shot and killed and 6 others were wounded, including 3 people who were running in local elections and a local kamnan, a government official of a tambon, or sub district. Police say they believe the shooting was politically motivated. Violence related to local politics has been a trend in Thailand over the past few decades.

The gunman, who police suspect is Wanchart Niamraksa, a member of the local provincial administration organisation, opened fire at a temple in Ratchaburi, a province west of Bangkok near the Myanmar border. Witnesses say the gunman fired shots from behind a Buddha image, shooting Yingpan Kanket, the kamnan of tambon Don Sai, was lighting candles and incense sticks to start the funeral. Yingpan is now in critical condition.

Varaporn Niamraksa, who was running for mayor in the March 28 municipal election, was shot and later died at the hospital. Wanchart’s wife was Varaporn’s main competitor in the mayoral election. He’s also Varaporn’s brother-in-law. Wanchart has since surrendered to police.

The gunman shot and wounded 5 others, including 3 who are all running for the municipal council of tambon Don Sai. Police say they plan to charge Wanchart with murder, attempted murder, illegally possessing firearms and ammunition and carrying them in public.

While the story was covered in Thai media, it wasn’t a major headline, according to a Thai reporter. He says there’s been a pattern of politically motivated violence in Thailand. Just this past January, police arrested a man for allegedly planning to kill a local election candidate in the southern province Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Local politics in Thailand were described as “bloody” after the passing of the 1997 Constitution, leading to what the media calls a “decade of decentralisation.”

More than 362 local politicians were murdered between 2000 and 2009, according to date reported by Thai media. There were around 100 other murder attempts on local politicians. Around 73% of the victims who were either killed or wounded were sub district administration organisation representatives. Most were shot.

The majority of cases were in Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla, province’s in Thailand’s deep south near the Malaysian border, plagued with violence for decades due to the religious separatist insurgency.

In recent years, there’s also been a number of reports involving violence among local politicians in Thailand. In 2019, an MP for the Isaan province Khon Kaen was sentenced to death for hiring 2 former police officers to kill the assistant chief of the Khon Kaen provincial administration.

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2 Phuket Town nightclubs are shutting down after allegedly violating multiple laws. The Maldives and H20 on Lim Sui Ju Road, on the south end of Phuket Town were ordered by the Phuket Governor to close immediately, with the Maldives being orderd to close for 5 years.

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After increasing calls to end the dog meat trade, a Cambodian slaughterhouse is shutting down, with its owner saying he is “ashamed.” Ouk Mol, the owner, says the dog slaughterhouse has killed more than a million dogs since opening in 1995.

According to Four Paws animal rights group, Cambodia slaughters between 2 to 3 million dogs per year, while offering the cheap meal of protein at more than 100 dog meat restaurants in Phnom Penh, its capital.

Mol’s slaughterhouse is responsible for all the supply to Phnom Penh, but he says he will no longer be killing dogs, citing increasing pressure from animal rights groups and civilians alike. The 50 year old former soldier says he feels ashamed.

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The operator was offered financial support from Four Paws to open a grocery store if they shut down their slaughterhouse with Ouk Mol’s wife, Sao Phally, saying she is glad they have found a way out of the business.

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Phnom Penh is the 2nd city in Cambodia to follow increasing calls to close the dog meat trade, as Siem Reap banned the trade last year in a victory for animal rights groups. Until 2020, Siem Reap, Cambodia’s largest tourist city, was known by rights groups as the “lynchpin” of the trade.

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