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A leftist group in Thailand calling for the legalization of porn videos and adult toys has submitted its proposal to the Thai lawmakers at the parliament on Tuesday.

One of the group’s newest members is a 19-year-old girl who was arrested with her partner and charged for streaming adult sexual activities online to paying subscribers.

Miss Suthanya Nakhonjinda, 19, was among the people in the group that arrived at Thailand’s Parliament House on Tuesday to propose the amendment to Section 287 of the Criminal Code.

Section 287 of the Criminal Code prohibits the trade of obscene material in Thailand. The law comes with penalties of up to three years in prison and/or a fine of 6,000 baht.

Miss Suthanya and her boyfriend were arrested in Bangkok in September by Cyber police.

Section 287 bans porn

The leftist group was led by content creator Attapol Khaithong. He said Section 287 prevented Thai people from working on adult films, and above all, fully using their bodies and lives to earn a living.

Presently Section 287 obstructs occupations and limits individuals’ rights over their bodies and lives, he said.

He said Section 287 should be amended to legalize the production, distribution, and trading of adult sexual content and adult toys. Thailand’s Culture Ministry and the Public Health Ministry could regulate them, he said.

The leftist group submitted their proposal to Sukit Atthopakorn, adviser to Parliament’s House Speaker. The pro-sex group plans to gather signatures to support their amendment proposal.

Thailand’s cyber police have recently arrested many people for streaming online sexual activities to paying subscribers.

Arrests for adult streaming

In addition to Miss Suthanya, the arrested include a couple in their 30s for having sex on the side of a scenic road in the Saraphi district of Chiang Mai early last month.

Furthermore, a transgender (Katooey) person was arrested in Tak province for allegedly live-streaming sex with her boyfriend to paying subscribers in a Line group.

The “sex content creator” saga has reignited the debate in Thailand between people of traditional values and those with liberal views. Liberals are pushing to see how far sexual activities can go under the law.

Thailand’s conservative society has sought to preserve Thai traditional values. Thus protecting Thai identity premised on the belief that upholding monarchical rule and Buddhism ensures national survival.

Meanwhile, Porn Hub and other adult websites like Porn Hu, Porn Hob remain blocked in Thailand as the conservative government believes they “conflict with good morals for Thai citizens.” The Thai Government says porn websites encourage poor moral behavior and believe they can affect Thai youth in a negative manner.

Source: Bangkok Post

 

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