Tourism in the seaside province of Krabi has been shaken by the viral video clip of a hit song produced by a Dutch father whose 19-year-old daughter was raped in the province earlier this year, Krabi Tourism Association president Ittirat Kinglek said yest
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He said he has been informed that a number of British as well as European tourists have cancelled their bookings at certain five-star hotels in Krabi as they were not confident of the security and safety in the province and the country.
The video would inevitably create the wrong impression about tourism in Krabi. He was referring to “Evil Man from Krabi”, a video clip in which a father says his daughter was raped during her 19-year-old birthday party in Ao-nang Beach in the province.
The father, a Dutch singer, made the clip to campaign for justice for his daughter, furious that a tourist guide, who had been arrested and reportedly confessed to raping his daughter, was freed on bail and retracted his testimony.
The clip became popular viewing in Europe with 81,126 views yesterday. It was posted on YouTube two weeks ago.
Phuket Wan online quoted the Deputy Commander of Krabi police, Pol Col Jongrak Timthong, as saying officers had not given the suspect bail, but that he later denied the charge in court and was granted bail.
“His denial could mean that the case takes a year or perhaps even two years to be decided,” Jongrak said.
Colonel Jongrak said that the father of the alleged victim was free to protest if he wished.
The words of the song go:
“Would you like to face me? We'll get you out in the wild
“Would you feel the pain that you put inside my child?
“Would you pray to god just to stay alive?
“Would you beg him on your knees?
“Would you lay aside, would you lose your mind?
“Would you say 'don't hurt me please'?
“Evil Man from Krabi, we're going to put him into jail”
According to the online site, the birthday party to celebrate her coming birthday was held at a bar in the tourist resort of Ao Nang, and the suspect offered the daughter a ride on his motorcycle back to her holiday apartment. She told the police that she was beaten so severely that she was sure she would have died had she not finally stopped resisting the attack.
She was treated for her injuries at Krabi Hospital, filed a police report, then returned to the Netherlands.
Ittirit added the video reflected an important lesson for the authorities concerned and should teach them that they must always try to solve a case instead of ignoring it. Tourists having problems should be helped until the end so that they would not feel they had been abandoned.
Authorities should not cover up any information about the case so that the affected tourists know what is being done to help them.
He added the video would surely affect the tourism in the province and the region for a long time to come.