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Mum runs teen daughter as willing prostitute

Posted by Nuttapon_S On January - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

A mother has been charged with child prostitution after being caught procuring clients for her 15-year-old daughter, Pattaya police said on Tuesday.

Pol Sub Lt Nithit Krairat, of Chon Buri police, said the mother, 42, and her daughter (names withheld to protect the child) were caught in a sting operation on Sunday night in a bungalow in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district. The mother charged clients 2,500 baht for her daughter’s services.

Police said the mother admitted she and her daughter moved from Surin province to Pattaya last week.

She was unemployed and her daughter wanted money for shopping and leisure activities, so she suggested that her child become a prostitute so both of them could earn lots of money.

The girl told police that her mother acted as her pimp, brought her clients and made arrangements for her.

The teenager added that she voluntarily became a prostitute because she needed money, and was not forced into prostitution by her mum.

Pol Sub Lt Nithit said the mother was charged for child prostitution while the girl was sent to a child rehabilitation centre in Chon Buri province.

Pattaya police also arrested a “coyote” dancer who allegedly lured her younger sister in working as a prostitute.

Pol Maj Gen Chawalit Sawangpuech, commissioner of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division, said police conducted a sting operation at a hotel in Pattaya, with one of their foreign assistants posing as a client. They discovered that the 23-year-old bar dancer was also a mamasan.

The suspect denied the charge, saying that her sister was already in a relationship with the undercover agent and that the money they received was not payment for sex.

Pol Maj Gen Chawalit said the pair charged their customers about 2,500 baht for each service and they  accepted only foreign clients. The younger sister would keep 2,000 baht and her elser sister the remaining 500 baht, he added.

Police charged the elder sister with child prostitution. The offence carries a penalty of six to 12 years imprisonment and a fine ranging from 120,000 to 240,000 baht if convicted.

Red Shirt group demands amnesty for political prisoners

Posted by Nuttapon_S On January - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
BANGKOK, Jan 29 – A group of Red Shirt activists rallied at Government House today, demanding the government’s promulgation of a law to grant amnesty to political prisoners held since the 2006 against the then government of Thaksin Shinawatra.
Led by Suda Rangkupan, a lecturer in Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Arts, the group said the detainees had fought to protect democracy and deserved freedom.
Calling on the government to urgently issue legislation to provide an amnesty for the detainees, the group was met by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung who promised to give their proposal to the Council of State for further consideration.
The protestors said they disagreed with Mr Chalerm, considering his action a brush off, saying they would carry on their rally at the nearby Royal Plaza and return to Government House this evening expecting to hear a more concrete reply.
They threatened to upgrade their activity to what they termed as a “permanent rally” if they failed to get a satisfactory response rom the government.
Mr Chalerm said Parliament is authorised to endorse an amnesty bill and that a reconciliation bill should be more realistic than a royal decree on amnesty as demanded by the Red Shirt activists.
When a royal decree is issued, some individuals petition the Constitution Court which predictably ends with the court nullifying the decree, he said. (MCOT online news)

Dutch Queen to abdicate in April for son

Posted by Nuttapon_S On January - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The announcement signals an end to the reign of one of Europe’s longest-serving monarchs.

Queen Beatrix, who has ruled over the Netherlands for nearly 33 years, has said she will abdicate on April 30 to make way for her eldest son, Willem-Alexander.

Queen Beatrix made the announcement in a nationally televised speech on Monday, paving the way for 45-year-old Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to become the first male monarch in the Netherlands in more than a century.

It was time “to place the responsibility of the country in the hands of a new generation,” Beatrix said in the address to the country.

“I am deeply grateful for the great faith you have shown in me in the many years that I could be your Queen,” she added.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, a staunch monarchist, paid his respects in a speech that immediately followed Beatrix on all Dutch television channels.

“Since her coronation in 1980s she’s applied herself heart and soul for Dutch society,” Rutte said.

Observers of the Dutch Royal House have long anticipated the abdication of the aging monarch, who will turn 75 this week.

Nevertheless, Beatrix has remained active in her role as head of state, having made visits to Singapore and Brunei in the last two weeks.


Speculation about Beatrix’s future on the throne grew after Prince Friso, her 44-year-old second child, suffered a coma after a skiing accident in Austria on February 17, with his bleak prognoses having deeply shaken the monarch. He remains unresponsive in a London hospital.

Another dark moment in her reign came in April 2009, when the royal family was deliberately attacked at a Queen’s Day parade event in which a car ploughed into spectators, killing seven in attendance along with the driver. No member of the royal family was harmed.

Beatrix assumed the throne on April 30, 1980, after her mother Juliana also abdicated.

In addition to princes Willem-Alexander and Friso, she has a 43-year-old son, Constantijn. Her husband, German-born Prince Claus, died in 2002.

Beatrix remains popular among a vast majority of citizens, according to recent polls, which also suggest that most Dutch believe Willem-Alexander to be well-prepared for his new role.

He is a trained pilot and expert in the quintessentially Dutch field of water management who has long been groomed for the throne, often joining Beatrix on state visits and sometimes even flying her home.

Willem-Alexander, a member of the International Olympic Committee, courted controversy with his choice to marry Maxima, whose father was an agriculture minister in the military junta that ruled Argentina with an iron fist in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

Anti-Russian mob in Phuket

Posted by Nuttapon_S On January - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

An angry protest by taxi operators has forced the closure of a Russian-owned tourist business.

The protest against Alex Tour ended after a mob destroyed the signs of the business, and authorities closed it.

Taxi drivers alleged that Alex Tour is owned by Russians, and was supplying transportation to tourists from the Bang Tao area of Phuket – both illegal under Thai law if true.

Banners urged locals to reject Russian businesses, saying things such as “Alex Tour get out”, “Russian business get out”, and “Bang Tao Russian mafia free”, according to a report in the Phuket News.

The street protest started early Monday afternoon, as the mob blocked the entrance of Alex Tour, and then smashed the sign of the tour agency.

On Jan 4, a lively meeting at the Karon Municipality office saw Thai business operators condemn businesses allegedly owned by Russians in the area which, they said, deprive Thais of their livelihoods.