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Police Investigate Facebook Photo Showing Thai Child using Drugs

Pol Gen Chamnan Ruadrew, chief of Police Region 5, has ordered an investigation after the photograph

 

BANGKOK – Thai police are investigating the source of a widely circulated photograph showing a young child being taught how to use drugs by an adult. Pol Gen Chamnan Ruadrew, chief of Police Region 5, has ordered an investigation after the photograph appeared on various social media outlets.

The photograph shows a young girl, aged about three, being taught by an adult how to use what is supposedly an illegal drug. It surfaced on Facebook on Oct 4 and had since been widely circulated on Internet forums where it has met an angry reaction from Internet users.

Many people posted messages on Facebook and popular Thai web board Pantip.com, criticising the adult in the picture.

Some posters questioned whether the adult was actually the child’s parent, while others assumed that the child had been abducted to be a beggar.

Other Internet users said even if the picture was meant to be a joke and the child did not actually take drugs, it was still inappropriate. – Bangkok Post

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