A Bangkok taxi driver photographed himself raping a Burmese teenager earlier this month. The girl was in Bangkok looking for a job and told police her aunt had posted a message on Facebook trying to help her find one. Investigators say the alleged rapist, Adirek Sae Bae, 39, commented on the post and said he would employ the girl. He used someone else’s photo for his profile picture.
On April 1, Adirek reportedly drove to the girl’s home and said he would drive her to the employer. But instead, he took her to a “love motel.” There he told her to wait in a hotel room to take an antigen test. He came back into the room, handcuffed her, raped her and photographed the incident on his phone. Police say Adirek then stole the girl’s phone and 500 baht in cash, before taking her to Klong Tan police station.
Once at the police station, Adirek allegedly told the police that the girl was an illegal migrant without a passport and left. The police questioned the young girl with the help of an interpreter and learned what had happened to her. They then took her to file a complaint with the Hua Mak police.
The police were able to track down Adirek and arrested him at the Victory Monument. He now faces charges of deprivation of liberty of a person under the age of 18, obscenity, forcible rape, unlawful confinement, theft, unlawful possession of child pornography for personal use, as well as related offences.
According to the police, the girl will not be charged with entering the country illegally because she was the victim of a crime. She will receive mental health services before she can return to Myanmar.
This news comes as Thailand is in the wake of a massive new #MeToo movement. 15 women have now accused the former deputy leader of the Thai Democratic Party of sexually abusing them. Earlier this week, Thai feminist groups banded together this morning to stage a protest outside the Democratic Party headquarters.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post