A 27-year-old woman, who allegedly hired a 25-year-old mother living in Phitsanulok’s Muang district to molest her three-year-old son in a live broadcast for a secret online group, was arrested on Thursday evening in Ratchaburi and sent to face prosecution in Phitsanulok on Friday.
Muang Phitsanulok Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Songpol Sangkasem said the suspect, Pathumporn Mangkornchaiya, was wanted for the charges of conspiring to reap benefits from a human trafficking crime, entering obscene and pornographic data into a computer, and violating the Child Protection Act.
Pathumporn was interrogated for links to other accomplices, he said. Police were also considering charges to file against about 100 people who viewed the broadcast.
News of the child abuse emerged earlier last week, leading to the rescue of the child and apprehension of the mother, while her new husband initially evaded arrest. The child was placed in a children’s home and the mother at another shelter.
The 40-year-old husband Wutthipan (last name withheld), who shot the live broadcast before reportedly having sex with the mother in front of the toddler for the live show, surrendered to police on December 10 and has been in a court-ordered detention since December 12.
The 25-year-old mother, whose name was withheld to protect the child’s identity, was reportedly paid Bt400 to make the clip for the secret group whose members must register and make payments to view obscene live shows.
The Phitsanulok Human Security and Social Development Office filed a police complaint last Thursday to prosecute those involved for charges including violations of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act and the Computer Crime Act.