Thai man swaps 5-year-old daughter for drugs

The family fled to Wat Huay Plakung Temple for safety

A temple in Chiang Rai’s Muang district has provided shelter and help to a mother of four who fled from husband after he exchanged his five-year-old daughter for money to buy drugs.

After her plight was recounted on Facebook, Phra Acharn Pobchok Tissanwangso, the abbot of Wat Huay Plakung, has allowed the woman to stay at the temple at a worker.

The woman’s four children are being taken care at the temple’s nursery.

The plight of the 22-year-old mother was recounted on Facebook on Sunday night by Pongsakorn Sawamiphak, the self-defence volunteer chief of Mae Khachan in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Papao district.

Pongsakorn said the mother took her four children and fled her husband in Chiang Rai’s Wieng Kaen district after he sold their five-year-old daughter to a person.

Se went to Wiang Papao to seek help from her sister but the sister is too poor to do so, prompting her to seek help from fellow villagers.

They found the girl and the family fled the village

After Pongsakorn learned about the story, he made the Facebook post and public support poured in.

Local people donated milk powder and dried foods to help the mother, before the abbot learned of the incident and took the family to stay at the temple. – The Nation

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