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Thai police arrest two transgender women on child pornography charges

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Two transgender women have been arrested on charges of luring school boys into performing sex acts, which the suspects allegedly ‘filmed’ and ‘sold’ on Twitter. According to a Coconuts report, 4 schoolboys are known to have been coerced into sex acts by the pair, who were later arrested by officers from the anti-human trafficking division.

It’s understood the suspects, who have been named as 20 year old Lakhana “Sorfo” and 19 year old Netnapha “Kae” both had Twitter accounts with a substantial number of followers. They used their accounts to distribute clips of young boys, thought to be around 11 or 12 years old, engaging in sex acts with the suspects.

Lakhana, who was arrested in the eastern province of Chon Buri, had a Twitter account with 260,000 followers, while Netnapha, who was arrested in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen, had 100,000 Twitter followers.

According to the report, the pair used their accounts to distribute “previews” of their videos and would charge followers 350 baht to join a Line group where they could view the content in full. Unfortunately for them, undercover police officers managed to infiltrate the group.

Twitter has come under fire since its new owner, Elon Musk, recently took over the social media platform, firing thousands of employees in the process. The move has left the platform unable to detect and remove material such as child pornography, along with a flood of disinformation being disseminated.

A recent New York Times review reveals that child pornography is now widely circulated on Twitter, with employees who were the most experienced at detecting and handling such content no longer working at the company.

Meanwhile, it’s understood the two suspects in this case were brought before the Criminal Court yesterday. The 4 boys are reported to be receiving counselling and other psychological support. Thailand has very severe penalties for trafficking, child pornogrpahy and sexual assault cases.

SOURCE: Coconuts

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