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Tourist police deputy commissioner Surachet Hakpal had a strong message on Saturday for Thais and foreign tourists preying on underage Thai children for sex:
The Major General – known in the Thai media as “Big Joke” for his crime busting exploits – was speaking at Udon Thani police HQ Saturday after several arrests of Thais and a South Korean in two cases regarding the procurement of 16 year old girl and two boys aged 13 and 15.
He told TNews that he is targeting human trafficking in tourist areas throughout the country.
“There will be many more arrests in many areas,” he promised saying that those taken down will not just be the procurers. “We are targeting the customers as well”, he promised.
The latest cases also reported on the tourist police website were those of a 16 year old girl offered for sex through the Line application. She was taken to an Udon Thani hotel for a customer.
The second was done through Messenger on Facebook and concerned the boys aged 13 and 15.
Procurers arrested were Klaiwut “Wut” Saengbanthit, 44 and Surasak “Pui” Khunanan, 35.
Customers were Morakot “Oi” Yotphimpha, 30, Withaya Thanurat, 62 and Piwat Jansaet, 34.
A South Korean customer named as Jin had fled to his home country in March.
All are now believed to be in custody.
One police evidence board at the meeting showed the picture of what appeared to be an orthodox Jew as a customer but neither the Tnews story or the police website had any reference to such a person.