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Samut Sakhon karaoke bar raided for alleged child prostitution operation

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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.

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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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    Andreas

    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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    roo

    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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16 Thai Navy officials investigated for alleged involvement in drug trafficking

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The Royal Thai Navy is investigating 16 of its officials for alleged involvement in a drug trafficking operation earlier this month in the Isaan province Nong Khai which borders Laos. If the officials are found guilty, the Navy will immediately take both disciplinary and legal action, according to a spokesperson.

Local officials reportedly seized 2 million amphetamine tablets and 116 kilograms of methamphetamine from a suspect who allegedly smuggled the drugs across the Mekong River, which borders the province. The suspect allegedly fled the scene.

2 Navy officers took the drugs from local officials, saying they would secure the evidence and hold a press conference, which never happened, according to a complaint filed with the Anti-Corruption Police by the Crime Victims Assistance Club chairperson.

“About 20 minutes after the drug seizure, two men who claimed that they were officials from Navy’s Mekong Patrol Operation Command took the drugs from Nong Khai officials, saying that they would secure the evidence and later hold a press conference on the drug seizure… However, the press event was later cancelled.”

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Police arrest man suspected of producing ketamine drug cocktail linked to 11 deaths

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In the ongoing investigation into the ketamine-based drug cocktail linked to 11 deaths in Bangkok, police arrested a man who allegedly mixed large amounts of narcotics to make the drug cocktail known as “K powdered milk.” Police say the cocktail is ketamine mixed with methamphetamine, heroin and pharmaceutical pills for anxiety and sleeping.

38 year old Taiwan national Chou Yi Sen, aka “Lupin Taiwan,” was arrested yesterday after police raided his condominium in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district. Chou allegedly admitted to mixing the drugs to make “K powdered milk” and police say the formulas for the drug mixture were found on his cell phone.

Earlier this month, 11 people died after taking the drug cocktail. The Bangkok Post says dozens more people are still in the hospital after taking the “K powdered milk.” Police have arrested numerous suspected drug dealers who ran small scale and large scale operations.

Chou allegedly ran the drug operation from various locations in Bangkok, selling the drugs overseas using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as well as to buyers in Thailand. Police also searched Chou’s rooms at other condominium the Huai Khawang, Wang Thong Lang and Klong Toey districts, seizing a variety of illicit drugs and equipment as well as a pistol with 8 bullets.

Altogether, police seized 4 kilograms of ketamine, 376 ecstasy pills, 4 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 8 kilograms of heroin, 48 LSD tabs, 11.6 grams of cocaine, 2 bottles of Dormicum sleeping pills and 265 Five Five sleeping pills. Police say they also seized 2 plastic sealing machines, 2 mixers that appeared to have drug-like residue and 2 digital scales.

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Police in Bangkok arrest 3 people for allegedly selling cannabis cookies

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Police in Bangkok arrested 3 people for allegedly making cannabis cookies and selling them through the messaging application LINE under a chat group called “The Hippy Cookie.” Police raided a condominium room in the Bang Na district and seized 13 “foreign types” of cannabis, 46 food products made with cannabis and 3 types of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Using the LINE messaging app, the suspects allegedly sold cannabis and cannabis food products. The suspects allegedly sent the cannabis to buyers using a food delivery service.

An investigator joined the chat group and posed as a buyer, ordering 5 grams of cannabis for 3,500 baht. When the cannabis was sent through the food delivery service, police asked the driver to return the package to the suspects. Police say a suspect came down to receive the returned package. Investigators then searched the suspect’s condominium room.

One of the female suspects allegedly told the police that she used to sell cookies (regular cookies), adding that she has an interest in cannabis. She then studied how to make cannabis cookies and contact cannabis suppliers in Thailand before starting the illegal business with her boyfriend and a friend. She allegedly told police she started the business a year ago and has more than 100 regular customers.

The suspects were charged with illegally processing and distributing narcotic drugs. Parts of the cannabis plant with high amounts of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, such as the buds, are still classified in Thailand as a Category 5 narcotic.

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