Thailand News Today | Disturbing statistics on online predators in Thailand

The world loves to joke about Thailand and the sex industry, but the truth is that those who have fallen prey to various abuses are not laughing. Here’s extensive coverage of recent statistics on the prevalence of sexual harassment in Thailand and the people who struggle with it.

When a stranger started chatting with her on Facebook, Thai university student Sirinada Anusorn was 20 years old. The man told Sirinada, who was named Rose, that he was looking for a gambling pitcher and would pay her a salary, so she showed initial interest.

But the man started asking Rose to send him pictures of her face. When he kept asking for photos and asked to see Rose’s face over a video chat, she suspected the man wanted to exploit her, and he ended up asking for nude photos. Rose cut the contact.

Online sexual exploitation is making headlines across Thailand. This year, a teenage girl committed suicide after an older man allegedly blackmailed her with nude photos she sent him.

Tragically, she was far from the first of Thailand’s victims of online sexual exploitation. The groups UNICEF, ECPAT and INTERPOL found disturbing figures in their Thailand Disruptive Damage Report 2022. The report found that at least 9% of children aged 12 to 17 using the internet, or around 400,000 children, have experienced serious incidents of online sexual exploitation and abuse in the past year alone. .

Forms of exploitation included:

  • Blackmailing children into engaging in sexual activity.
  • Share their sexual images without permission.
  • Coercing them into sexual activity by promising them money or gifts.

Only 17% of caregivers surveyed said they would report to the police if their child experienced online sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation. Moreover, 10 to 31% of these young people have not revealed their experiences of exploitation and abuse to anyone. As a result, only 1-3% of children turned themselves in to the police.

Rose believes that many young Thais fall prey to online sexual exploitation due to loneliness. She said this often happens when teenagers don’t have friends and their parents don’t show them enough affection. She said that sometimes young people know they are being taken advantage of but don’t care because at least someone is paying attention to them.

Rose also notes that many parents and young people don’t care about the issue of sexual exploitation until it affects them or their children. But due to Thailand’s conservative culture of shame and taboos around sex, she said, when children are exploited, they often don’t feel safe turning to their parents.

After her close call with an online exploiter, Rose is now fighting for change and building a career. Rose hopes to one day find her organization for boys and girls who have been sexually exploited online.

Rose is currently an intern with The Hug Project, an organization fighting against the trafficking and sexual abuse of children. As part of her internship, she wrote and illustrated a online guide for teens and parents about online sexual exploitation. The guide defines terms such as “catfishing” and “revenge porn” and how to spot the warning signs that a stranger online might be intent on committing these crimes.

The guide also tells parents to listen and support their children if they tell them they have been sexually exploited. He notes that parents should not yell at their children or ask “why?” Many times.

Some of Rose’s work has even been seen by senior Thai officials. Rose also drew illustrations for a manual on sexual abuse by The Hug Project and other organizations. The guide was presented to former Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at a monthly workshop. This manual was aimed at professionals working against sexual abuse.

Rose calls on parents not to shame their children if they tell them they have been

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The ongoing saga continues over whether suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be able to extend his term beyond the eight-year limit, with speculation rife over a court document suggesting that his eight-year constitutional terms end in 2025.

The Constitutional Court is currently examining a pitch by Prayut himself and documents from two legal experts, the contents of which have not been made public.

Statements from two legal experts regarding the Prime Minister’s issue have been submitted, including one currently being discussed by Meechai Ruchupan, who chaired the Charter Drafting Committee. A statement posted on social media appears to indicate that Meechai supports the position that Prayut’s two-term limit did not officially begin until April 2017, when the constitution that currently governs Thailand was ratified.

Meechai did not confirm the media reports, but if that opinion is included in his statement to the court, it will support Prayut remaining prime minister until 2025.

The Constitutional Court should come back tomorrowconsidering the statements of Prayut and Meechai, as well as ปกรณ์ นิลประพันธ์, who was previously Secretary General of the Charter Drafting Committee and is now Secretary General of the Council of State in charge of giving legal advice to the government.

The two most likely to take over as prime minister are current interim prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan and deputy prime minister Anutin Charnvirakul, known for his outspoken statements during the Covid-19 pandemic as minister of public health. Prawit had previously said publicly that he hoped Prayut would remain prime minister for another two years.

Anutin said the current government will continue its interim term until March 22 next year and will not be affected by Prayut’s suspension.

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Heavy rains, which started yesterday and continued overnight, caused flash flooding in several areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces, disrupting traffic, education and business.

Severe flooding made Chaeng Wattana and Phahon Yothin roads towards Saphan Mai in Bang Khen district impassable last night, leaving many cars stranded.

As of 8am today, flood water traffic is still congested on Soi Ratchadapisek 36, Tiwanon Road, Rangsit U-turn bridge, Soi Pahonyothin 49/1 and Lad Phrao Road.

At 8:45 p.m. yesterday, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt livestreamed the floods in Bang Khen district via Facebook. Chadchart traveled to the flooded area from Wat Phra Sri Mahathat BTS station to offer aid to those caught in the floods.

Governor Chadchart, wearing a neon yellow jacket, sank knee-deep in the floods to help push vehicles stuck in the water.

Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered all military units in Bangkok to distribute water pumps and help drain flood waters last night, as well as provide assistance to victims of the floods in and around Bangkok.

The military sent trucks to Wat Phra Si Mahathat BTS station to pick up people stranded at the station and evacuate them from the flooded area. Army vehicles are still helping people move around the city this morning.

Heavy rains and flash flooding are expected to continue through Friday across Thailand, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.

Kasetsart Laboratory School in Chatuchak District canceled all classes today due to campus flooding.

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