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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Temple’s Abbot Offers Temple School Cook Money for Sex in Ubon Ratchathani

The temple school’s cook reveals the voice clips to the press — the abbot sent them over several months.

On March 25th, 2021, news broke of an abbot from a temple in Ubon Ratchathani province who offered money to a woman in exchange for sex, with no need for other relationship obligations.

The woman, identified only as Ms. A (alias), secretly recorded the messages as evidence (link to the recordings in the Sources section below). She didn’t want anything to do with the abbot, identified as Luang Por (ลวงพ่อ).

Ms. A told the reporter that the harassment started at the end of 2020 until now. She cooked food for the monks and students at the temple. She said that Luang Por would often flirt and joke with her, and the report says he embraced her in a lewd way — “petting her genitals”.

The report also says that Luang Por had helped the woman in the past with financial troubles, like medical expenses, but had started asking for sexual favors.

Ms. A recorded the messages to use as evidence to file a complaint with higher authorities in the Sangha. Luang Por pledged to leave the temple, but did not, and Ms. A was then threatened by other monks at the temple. This is why Ms. A decided to release the clips through the media.

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My take: The abbot should be held accountable if indeed the voice messages are from him.

It appears this didn’t happen on just one occasion, but it was a pattern of trying to solicit sex from the woman — which is a clear violation of the Sangha’s precepts.

Source: https://www.khaosod.co.th/around-thailand/news_6198790 – audio recordings here

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