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Two young women who appeared in a recent Facebook Live post dancing naked turned themselves in to police at Bangkok’s Bang Khen precinct on Thursday morning and apologised to the Thai public for their action that set a bad example for young people.
The surrender of Thanyakan Rojin, 23, and Kanthicha Buranon, 21, followed a police complaint filed on August 29 by Songkran Atchariyasap, a lawyer who chairs a Facebook-based network that professes to target threats to the nation, religion and monarchy.
Songkran said he submitted to police five indecent clips that were published on Facebook from August 24 to last Saturday and went viral.
Arrest warrants were issued for the women on charges of performing a shameful act in public by indecently exposing themselves and violating the Computer Crime Act’s Section 14 (4). They were later released on Bt75,000 bail on the grounds that they did not pose a flight risk and had provided useful information implicating people who had hired them.
They claimed they did not want to perform the lewd acts but they needed to earn money for their families and send younger siblings to school.
Thanyakan said she and her friend performed the nude dances because they wanted more “likes” and “shares” for the page that had hired them, which would mean higher pay. She said if the post reached 10,000 views, she would receive more than Bt10,000.
“I apologise to society because my action is a bad example for Thai youths. I didn’t want to do it. I did it out of the need to take care of my family. I want to warn younger people not to copy me as this is a bad thing. Don’t just think this is an easy way to make money, because what you do will stick with you until you die,” she said.
Kanthicha said she normally performed sexy online dances with Thanyakorn to boost “likes” and “shares” on their employer’s instructions.
This time, they wanted to glean more attention and decided to remove all their clothes. She said she felt bad after the video received the attention of the police so she would stop performing sexy dances online.