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Police raid pornography shoot at Pattaya home, 5 people arrested

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police walked into the middle of a pornography shoot during a raid at home in Pattaya, Thai media reports. 5 people were arrested and allegedly told police that they got into the exotic film industry due to financial problems brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Officers say the suspects were wanted for filming sexually explicit content on a smartphone and sending the videos to people in China. Pornography is illegal in Thailand under Section 287 of the country’s Criminal Code. Those who produce sexually explicit material and make it available to the public can face a penalty of up to 3 years in prison and an up to 6,000 baht fine.

Officers obtained a warrant from the Pattaya Provincial Court and raided the home suspected of being linked to pornography. Police say they walked in just as the pornography was being filmed. Police arrested a Chinese man, 3 Thai men and a Thai transgender woman.

Nateetorn Sinthopwaragul contributed to this report.

 

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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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