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Man arrested in Bangkok for boy porn

Patcharanan, 33, was arrested yesterday at his home in Bangkok’s Bung Kum district for allegedly seducing boys into pornography for sale online.

The man, identified by police only as Patcharanan, was lifted from his bed around 6 am at his home on Navamin 42 Road, Major General Wiwat Khamchamnan, chief of human trafficking, said.

He was wanted on a warrant of arrest, approved by the criminal court on Wednesday, for producing and distributing child pornography and assaulting children 15 years of age or younger.

Police seized the suspect’s cell phone and computer, which they say contained many pornographic images.

The arrests took place during Friday morning raids on four properties – in Bangkok, Ang Thong, Chaiyaphum, and Kanchanaburi – believed to be part of a commercial child pornography ring.

Major General Wiwat said the operation followed information obtained after the arrest of a child pornography suspect in the northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom on Feb. 4.

He said gang members would approach boys and trick them into pornography in exchange for money and in-game items.

The gang then shared the photos with members of private online groups who charged subscription fees of 150-400 baht. They include the Phad Kaphrao group (stir-fried basil), which numbered about 400 members.

Police called Friday’s raids “Operation Phad Kaphrao”.

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