PATTAYA – Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, has told a press briefing that authorities have arrested an Indian man for paying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl who was the alleged procurer.
Gen Surachate said that Parmod Kumar was arrested at Jomtien Plaza Residence in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, on Saturday. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on Friday for allegedly paying for sex with a 14-year-old girl, identified by police only as “A”, at Marina Inn on Pattaya Sai Song Road in Pattaya.
Police laid several charges against the Indian man, who faces punishment of up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to 400,000 baht.
Kumar, who maintains his innocence, was charged with taking a girl under 15 from her guardian for lewd acts and raping a minor under 15. The 17-year-old procurer faces similar charges and punishment.
On Friday police arrested the 17-year-old procurer at Red Light Guesthouse and Faed Sam Apartments, investigators rescued three other girls engaged in prostitution, one of whom was also found to be a victim of human trafficking.