The boy only went to school 1 or 2 days per week.
On March 3rd, 2021, police and social workers in the Bang Kaeo district of Phatthalung province went to the home of Mr. Praphan, a 27 year old father, who is accused of forcing his 6 year old son to sell the methamphetamine. The child missed school regularly because of this.
Locals took notice of the father’s behavior and the child missing school and they reported their suspicions to authorities.
The officers examined the house of Mr. Praphan and found yaba and kratom. The father admitted that the drugs were his. He used and also sold to local teenagers. He said that he never forced his 6 year old son to take or sell the drugs.
Mr. Praphan claimed he brought his son around for the drug deals because “he loved his son very much” and the grandparents weren’t around to watch him and he didn’t want to leave the kid alone at the house. He did admit to using yaba in front of his son, but not often. The locals said that the child only goes to school 1 or 2 days per week.
Officers also met with Ms. Jintana, 33 years old, who is Mr. Praphan’s girlfriend. Yaba was found hidden in her underwear. She claimed that the yaba came from Mr. Praphan and was going to be sold to their customers.
Officers detained both Mr. Praphan and Ms. Jintana. The 6 year old boy was taken by social workers while the investigation goes on, and then the state will determine who the guardians should be.
Video of officers speaking with father and son:
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My take: Behavior is learned especially in early stages of childhood development. It’s good that authorities were able to intervene, but the situation seems bleak for the boy who’s already in the game due to his father’s poor choices.
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