SARABURI – Thai police have arrested a 49-year-old Australian man in central Thailand, Tuesday for allegedly promoting sex cruises with bar girls (prostitutes) on a Facebook page.
Australian National Steven Allan Carpenter posted an advertisement on his Facebook account promoting his business, AUSTHAI Tours, which he allegedly described as a service arranging a six-hour chartered boat trip with bar girls on board at a cost of between 38,000 and 50,000 baht, the source said.
A man pretending to be a potential customer contacted Mr Carpenter and requested the service.
The suspect agreed and asked the undercover police officer to pay half the price as a deposit.
The transaction record and used as evidence to obtain an arrest warrant from the Pattaya Provincial Court on June 16 on charges of procuring for prostitution and violating the computer crime law by publishing pornographic material online, the source said.
The suspect had fled from Pattaya and gone into hiding in Saraburi, Province in Central Thailand.
On arrival at Pattaya police station, Mr Carpenter faced additional charges of violating the law regulating types of work foreigners are permitted to do in Thailand, and overstaying his visa, police said.
The police team was headed by Pol Lt Col Dulayaphat Techaphonchayasin.
Below is a embed from Steve Carpenter’s Facebook page, the alleged post offering sex cruises was not visible on as of Tuesday evening.