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Samut Sakhon karaoke bar raided for alleged child prostitution operation

Caitlin Ashworth



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Police arrested a karaoke bar and restaurant owner for alleged human trafficking and sexual exploitation of teenage girls. After receiving a tip about an alleged child prostitution and trafficking operation, police raided the karaoke bar in Samut Sakhon, southwest of Bangkok, and found a 16 year old girl who officers believe is a victim. She is now at a temporary protection center.

The US-based organisation Operation Underground Railroad reported the alleged sexual exploitation operation to Thai authorities. In an official investigation, Thai authorities say they found that teenage girls would offer sexual services to customers at the karaoke bar in the Krathumban district and then leave to a nearby hotel. The owner of the bar and restaurant, whose name has been withheld, allegedly took a cut from the money made from sexual services.

The teenager caught in the raid was taken to a temporary protection centre by the province’s Social Development and Human Security office. The bar owner is facing charges of arranging the prostitution of persons under 18 years of age, arranging the acts of indecent sex involving minors over 15 year old and encouraging children to behave inappropriately.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Issan John

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    If only organisations like ‘Operation Underground Railway’ and, to be fair, national authorities including Thailand’s took action to give the 16 and 17 year olds who go into prostitution some realistic alternative BEFORE they do so, and some worthwhile alternative AFTER they’ve been “rescued” other than putting them in a “protection centre” where they learn no marketable skills so most simply return to prostitution, drugs and petty crime as soon as they turn 18, then they might have some affect on the cycle of poverty – abuse – child prostitution – “rescue” – “protection centre” – return to prostitution.

    Instead they do nothing to address the root causes of the problems (poverty, poor education, no trade or vocational training, and few alternatives to prostitution) and simply pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

    Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), for example, the American not-for-profit NGO responsible for this ‘operation’, received over US$20,000,000 in sponsorship and donations last year and paid its staff an average annual salary of $55,000 not including expenses.

    It’s CEO and founder (Tim Ballard) very publicly gave up his salary from OUR last year, after controversially receiving $199,336 in 2017 and $343,022 in 2018 (although he is still paid for speaking engagements, interviews, and by other similar non not-for-profit organisations he heads such as the Nazarene Foundation, as well as for “travel expenses” including his private helicopter flights), and one director of OUR is his sister, another director his brother-in-law, the secretary another brother-in-law, and the CFO his sister-in-law.

    Meanwhile their contribution to support those “victims” who were “rescued”, to give them further education and vocational training and an alternative to a return to prostitution was US$0. Zero. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Sweet FA.

    (all figures from OUR’s own website)

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    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Sex mit Minderjährigen – widerlich und beschämend. Nicht nur in Thailand, überall auf der welt.

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    Issan John

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Agreed, Andreas, but is the solution to lock up the minors or to give them better alternatives?

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    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Such a crock of crap. Girls are doing that all over the country just keeping it on the down low. Many have sugar daddies who are policemen especially in smaller farming communities.

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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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