PATTAYA – Pol Lt Col Apithanant Wattanawarangkul said on Wednesday that four of five youths wanted for raping two underage girls in Pattaya have been arrested.
Police investigators tracked down the young thai men and apprehended four of them late on Tuesday night, Pol Lt Col Apithanant said.
They were Â identified in reports only as Pai, Ko, Ya and Keng. The fifth suspect, Boo, remained at large and police asked his relatives to persuade him to surrender.
The suspects were accused of raping two underage girls after getting them drunk and then dumping them unconscious in the middle of Soi Sukhumvit-Pattaya 10 in Bang Lamung district on Monday night.
The girls told police they were relaxing on Kathinglai beach on Monday evening when the five youths, ridding big bikes, approached them. The young men persuaded the girls to drink with them.
After the girls became intoxicated, some of the youths took the girls to a nearby bungalow where they were raped.
Pol Lt Col Apithanat said police have applied to Pattaya Provincial Court for arrest warrants for the five suspects.
More than 31,000 girls and women were raped in Thailand last year and about 60% of them were university students and school pupils, while alcohol use is a major contributing factor to sexual assault.
According to the Public Health Ministry, there were 31,866 rape cases last year, or 87 cases per day on average, or one victim every 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, a Thai woman filmed herself apologizing to the entire country of Laos after she reportedly caused an uproar by appearing in a pornograhic movie wearing the uniform of Lao university students.
In the video, which has been featured in local media, the unnamed actress identified herself as the woman in the famous pornographic clip and apologized for damaging the reputation of her neighboring county.
“I’d like to explain about the uniform which has offended many Lao people. I am remorseful, and I did not want to do it. They forced me to wear that uniform and I didn’t know it was a Lao student uniform,â€ she said in the video.