Indian, teen procurer arrested for Pattaya child prostitution

Indian, teen procurer arrested for Pattaya child prostitution

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy chief of tourist police, shows the chart describing the forced child prostitution, at a press conference at the Royal Thai Police Office in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy chief of tourist police, shows the chart describing the forced child prostitution, at a press conference at the Royal Thai Police Office in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Police in Pattaya have arrested an Indian man for paying for sex with a 14-year-old girl from Ubon Ratchathani and the 17-year-old girl who was the alleged procurer.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, said on Tuesday 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 on May 7.

On Friday police arrested the 17-year-old procurer, called "B", and found three other girls at Red Light Guesthouse and Faed Sam Apartment. Two of the three girls prostitutes were not lured into the business, police said.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate said the 14-year-old met B on Facebook and was invited to visit Pattaya for a vacation. B picked up A in Ubon Ratchathani and she stayed at Faed Sam Apartment in Pattaya.

B then took A along when she was selling sex services to customers at bars and restaurants. A stayed in the rooms where B was providing the service.

A wanted to return to Ubon Ratchathani but B would not take her back and she had no money of her own. Then B had A allow the Indian man to have sex with her for 5,000 baht, and took a 1,000-baht share.

Afterward, A fled the apartment and returned to Ubon Ratchathani where she filed a complaint.

B followed A to the northeastern province, intending to take her back to Pattaya, but she would not go.  Instead, B brought a few other teenage girls from Ubon Ratchathani to Pattaya.

Police laid several charges against the Indian man, who faces possible punishment of up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to 400,000 baht. The 17-year-old procurer faces similar charges and punishment.


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