High profile Thai actress speaks on the problems in the industry.
When: January 20th, 2021
Where: Hat Yai district, Songkhla province
Perpetrators: Mr. Pongsak Mongkonwiwat, alias Phong, 54
Victim: Over 100 aspiring child models
What: On January 20th, 2021, police in Hat Yai arrested Mr. Pongsak Mongkonwiwat, alias Phong, 54, after complaints that he used his child modeling agency to sexually exploit, rape, and produce child pornography of over 100 children.
The raid seized 10 electronic items, including phones and computers. They are being reviewed now for evidence.
Mr. Pongsak admitted that he “hugged, kissed, and fondled” the children. One of the parents initiated a complaint that their daughter was sexually abused by Mr. Pongsak. That’s when Hat Yai police took action.
Mr. Pongsak persuaded young girls to pose for the camera at various events and claimed that he could pave their way into the higher levels of the entertainment industry. Many of the teenage girls were interested to see themselves and gave Mr. Pongsak a chance. He secretly took photos of them in revealing poses, touched their bodies, grabbed their breasts and genitals, and kissed them.
A famous Thai actress, Bum Panaddawong, talked about the entertainment industry for children on her Instagram. She said that many are involved in this kind of behavior.
Her Instagram post about is is here:
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My take: This is a global problem, of course. But it’s encouraging that a high profile figure in the entertainment industry is willing to step up and expose how the industry can exploit children and unsuspecting parents. I will follow up on any reports that come in about the sleaze-bag in Hat Yai.
Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/820264, https://www.instagram.com/boompanadda/?hl=th
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