A man in his 20s is being questioned by police over the kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl who was freed on Friday thanks to the efforts of a prominent online whistleblower.
At her mother’s request, Guntouch Pongpaiboonwet contacted police in Rayong to assist locate her missing daughter, who he believed had fallen victim to human trafficking or sexual abuse.
The unidentified mother has filed a report with the Bang Na police about the man her daughter met online. Mr. Guntouch claims that the mother told him she had seen her daughter’s mobile chat history with the suspect.
After three or four months of corresponding online, the man invited and urged the girl to see him in person during their chat. Whether or not he was aware of the girl’s age is unclear.
Surveillance footage on Wednesday shows the youngster asking the apartment’s owner for a ride to the Ekamai Bus Terminal so she can visit her relatives in Rayong.
According to her mother, the her daughter had forgotten her phone in the flat and was therefore unreachable via the internet.
Mr Guntouch said the man’s mum called the victim’s mum first thing on Friday. She made a monetary offer in exchange for silence about the matter.
According to Mr. Guntouch, even though the suspect’s mother said she had no idea where her son was, she let slip during the call that he and the girl had checked into a hotel. After questioning the victim by professionals, police announced they will file charges of child kidnapping against the defendant.
Police bust couple Over Sex Videos
Nonthaburi police have arrested a pair on suspicion of using online chat rooms to recruit young ladies to perform sex acts online for paying members.
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division of the police discovered the pair had released films of group sex involving themselves and other women after investigating dating applications and other questionable social media sites.
The commander of the ATPD, Pol Maj Gen Sarut Kwaengsopha, said that Kankawee Boonchalerm, 24, and his wife Rotsukhon Karnbun, 27, uploaded the films to private social media chat groups and made them accessible to subscribers.
In order to get people to pay the 450 baht membership price to witness the full sex acts, the pair allegedly posted 30-second teaser films.
Pol Col Pattanapong also revealed that the movies were made available through a membership channel run by the couple called OnlyFans for US$17, or roughly 700 baht.
During a search of the couple’s condo in the Bang Bua Thong neighbourhood of Nonthaburi, police found and confiscated more than 50 films. It appeared that several of the victims in the recordings were under the influence of drugs and unable to control their actions.
Based on preliminary police inquiry, around 10 ladies were involved. The couple’s accusers totaled just two.
A woman, age 18, informed police she knew the suspect, Mr. Kankawee, through a dating app. To get her to his room, he pretended to remain with his older sibling. She claimed she was poisoned and knocked out before she even entered the room.
According to Pol Col. Pattanapong, the complainant claimed she was unaware of the sexual abuse until police showed her the films.
Ms. Rotsukhon, who told police she enjoyed having intercourse with women, allegedly enticed a 28-year-old victim into having drinks in the room where she claimed to lived with her younger brother. The victim also claimed that she, too, had sex acts committed on her filmed and shared on social media.
The accused said they invited the women out for drinks but denied any mistreatment when questioned. They insisted the women gave their permission to make the films.
Initial charges filed by police include human trafficking for the purpose of having sexual relations with another person against their will, selling sexually explicit videos online for profit, raping helpless victims, distributing pornographic material for financial gain, breaking the Computer Crime Act, and other related offences.