Phuket man posts photos of teen girls in underwear on Facebook

Manat Puttanupap arrested, photo by Kathu Police.

A man in Phuket posted photos of teenage girls in underwear on an unnamed “popular Phuket Facebook page”. The girls allegedly ranged from early to mid teens. One girl wore shorts and a training bra, and another wore a bra and unbuttoned jeans. Online viewers accused the man of “deceiving” the girls into taking off their clothes, according to The Phuket News. An investigation has begun, and care workers are interviewing the girls and trying to help them.

The man is identified as Manat Puttanupap. He is 58 years old. The Kathu police chief confirmed yesterday that officers arrested Manat on Wednesday. The chief listed the accusations against Manat in a statement.

“…on suspicion of deprivation of a child not more than 15 years old away from parents, guardians, or caregivers, without justifiable cause for indecency, and committing indecent acts against a child not over 15 years old”.

Manat was charged under the arrest warrant at Kathu Police Station. Manat tried to defend the photos, however he removed them after a wave of backlash against him.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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