High-ranking Thai cop confesses to sex with underage girl

Local authorities inspect night entertainment places in Mae Hong Son's Pai district.

A high-ranking police officer accused of buying the services of an underage prostitute turned himself in as local authorities in Mae Hong Son stepped up surveillance on human trafficking and vice activities in the province.

According to Mae Hong Son police station superintendent Satasak Pimolthip, Chai Prakan police station deputy superintendent Lt Col Mongkol Panti had on Saturday acknowledged sexual involvement with a girl younger than 15.

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It was reported that after Mongkol was told the allegation against him, police conducted a brief interrogation before releasing him.

He is alleged to have bought sex from the girl, who was brought by Kwanhatai Ruekudom, a pimp who has already been arrested for human trafficking.

Mongkol is accused of having sex with the girl in his home in Mae Hong Son while he worked in the province.

Officials in Mae Hong Son have been trying to repair the province’s damaged reputation after a large human trafficking and sex network was exposed there.

Steps are being taken to avoid similar activity in the future. — The Nation/Asia News Network.

-The Star

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