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Police in Thailand have arrested a prime little one modelling agent after a raid at his workplace allegedly uncovered greater than half 1,000,000 pictures associated to little one sexual abuse, involving at the least 40 minors from the nation and hundreds of kids from world wide.*
DANUDET SANGKAEW, 23, goes by the nickname “Nene” and ran one among Thailand’s prime modelling companies.
According to a Channel News Asia (CNA) report, the victims are all male minors aged between six and 15.
Thailand’s division of particular investigations (DSI) mentioned an 11 February raid on the Nene Modelling Agency in Pathum Thani province, following a tip-off from Australian police, recovered footage on a pc exhausting drive of kid sexual assault and abuse.
Operation Underground Railroad, a non-profit group, in addition to police and federal investigators from New Zealand had been additionally concerned within the investigation.
“This is a child-porn industry and we’re proud to have cracked it,” CNA quoted Khemachart Prakyhongmanee, deputy director of the overseas affairs and transnational crime bureau at DSI, as saying.
“It’s like shopping for children for him,” Mr Khemachart mentioned, explaining the suspect’s alleged modus operandi.
“The agent usually approached them through schools by pretending to search for young models. Such access allowed him to target children, forge ties with their parents and eventually abuse them at his office outside Bangkok. When the child told his parents, they’d think ‘Oh! This came through the teachers. This is already screened,’ and trust him.”
DSI’s director-general, Korrawat Panprapakorn, was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying that “the amount of evidence convinced investigators the agency must have been behind the abuse of thousands of children.”
According to the newspaper, Mr Sangkaew has been charged with “importing pornographic images into a computer system and sexually abusing minors.”
The modelling company has reportedly labored with greater than 8,400 little one fashions and actors since 2013, the police mentioned.