Child porn goes beyond Bangkok's sleazy street vendors


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20 thoughts on “Child porn goes beyond Bangkok's sleazy street vendors

  1. Good analysis.

    However, it almost sounds like you think the vendors should be left alone because there are bigger fish to fry.

    I have to disagree with that, getting this stuff off the streets will at least make remove one distribution channel. A few perverts will not be able to easily buy those movies for a hundred baht over the counter. Yes, the perpetrators, producers, distributors etc are the bigger fish that need to be stopped too but if everyone just goes with the "this is too big, let's ignore it" attitude then that means everyone has given up.

    I don't expect that our planned and tweeted walk down Sukhumvit will stop abuse, but I do expect that if enough people make noise about this we can at least show that not everyone just accept that these things are advertised and sold in public in one of the main tourist areas…

    I'm sure all the organizations you have referred to have big strategic plans for how to stop child abuse, but normal people from all walks of life can pitch in and just say "I don't accept this" too. More voices = better.

    JMHO.

  2. I feel like at the same time everyone ignores the elephant in the room. girls of similar age, under 18 for sure, some even under 15, are being offered for prostitution every night at well known walk in places on soi cowboy and probably many other places. and as prostitution is illegal in thailand those places can only run with the local police being involved in some ways. this is in the middle of bangkok only meters from the busiest intersection if bangkok and it's modern highrise office buildings. Not somewhere at the border or hidden in a random village in cambodia.

  3. Yup, this is the story people should have been reading in the Bangkok Post – nice work.

    I do think though that the open display of child pornography on Sukhumvit does indicate a further wavering of the compass that steers Thailand. I was staggered by the amount of legal porn on display along Sukhumvit earlier this year. Sure it's always been there, in a box under the table, but never as prominently displayed as it is now.

    So the bigger question is what is happening in Thailand that this sort of behavior warrants barely a raised eyebrow from passing pedestrians?

  4. "hired or lured into the porn business"…don't they mean sold, stolen, drugged, tortured, enslaved?

    I can't comment any further without using expletives!

  5. There is one Swedish man in Bangkok who is a known abuser.

    His name is [name removed — Matt].

    Does anyone know where in Bangkok he lives?

  6. It looks like Swedish Tom tried to "out" a guy he knew was a consumer of this filth and therefore a contributor to the actual abuse of these kids.

    I know of a guy who wound up in an American jail for a year because he was "caught" by US Customs bringing child porn in on his computer. Now, I've been through US Customs returning to the US from Thailand dozens of times and no one has ever asked to take a look at my computer as happened to this guy. So, my guess is someone tipped the authorities about him and they were waiting for him. And I think that was a good thing.

    If more people turn these creeps in for this, it would play a small part in ending it. So… to Swedish Tom, hats off to you, sir! Report this scum to the right people and let him spend some time thinking about how this hurts his victims.

  7. It is unfortunate you removed his name.

    He uses twitter a lot.

    Look for [initials removed — Matt].

  8. So let me get this right – people got outraged that pirated child porn was sold? And they cracked down on that? So uhm, they actually helped people who abuse children in order to make money?

    If they want to write about child porn, they should target revenue streams of the producers and work on shutting those down. Or they should target the 'supply chain' to target it from the other side.

    If they want to write about illegal things being sold on Bangkok streets, they should write about how bribes make it possible to circumvent the law. Pretty easy to get an investigative report with names going on that – the names of the police district heads are publicly available.

    Major failure of the BangkokPost in terms of editorial quality. But probably a very profitable move in terms of new subscriptions. Cheap move to play on people's outrage at things that happen in front of their door.

  9. Matt would you be blogging about this or would any attention have been shed on this subject had the Post article not been published?

    The article pointed out something that was unknown to many people — child porn is sold openly on Thailand's main street.

    I have lived here 10+ years and wasn't aware of that. The article was a short one and a rare piece of non-press release journalism in the Thai news. It's goal was to elucidate that fact, not write a treatise on the various causes and deep background of the process by which children are used in pornography. Maybe it could be the first in a series? Why the need to bash?

    It's too easy to say, "Editorial lapse at BKK Post" and to criticize. I for one was happy to see something relevant to a reader's interest on the front-page of a daily newspaper here. It certainly beats the regular crap from both dailies, and I think this advancement — however, measured it may have been — should be applauded. Emailing NGOs and compiling a list of phone numbers does not a journalist make.

    I hope The Nation and the Post cover more of these sorts of stories and am glad that the response seems to have been the same from the majority of readers on other forums.

  10. I think I've addressed all your points in my blog post already, except this one:

    Emailing NGOs and compiling a list of phone numbers does not a journalist make.

    I'm a bit confused what your point is here.

  11. I just wonder if there will ever be a point then at which you think we should be able to critique Thailand's English-language media. How many years are we talking?

    And by the way, my name is Matt. What's yours?

  12. I think he means that at the end of the day this is just a blog and that comments from a wide variety of child welfare agencies do not take the story much further.
    The nub of the story is the allegation that child porn if freely available and apparently sold openly in high st Bangkok.
    The next stage of the story is where did the stuff come from (not just vague things like Pattaya etc) U can't do all that on the internet. And I cannot see the BP doing it either.

  13. I disagree. The next stage is raising awareness of the issue, which is clearly needed if people's responses on Twitter and elsewhere are anything to go by. Raising awareness means people can get a grip of how they can productively help, which usually means lending their support in one way or another to people who actually know what they're doing.

    Do you not see that the organizations I contacted are the experts in this field? They are the ones with the knowledge and expertise. They are more or less the only ones who can help the media report on these sensitive issues.

  14. Off topic:

    Matt, I still have copies of Guru from 2006 on with your dispatches in them. What happened?

    Guru is the only reason I buy the BP once a week.

  15. Well, I left Bangkok a little while ago (more than three years), and I think the Lost Boy column pretty much ran its course. I couldn't go on writing stuff like that forever. I had to grow up really.

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