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Kerdmai settles rape case with teenager

By The Nation

 

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Bangkok-based modelling agency boss Kerdmai Ruayjingna has settled two charges of rape and procuring a person under 18 for a profitable sexual-act performance on Monday by paying an undisclosed amount in compensation to a 17-year-old employee.

 

Kerdmai still has to settle with two more teenage employees at a court-arranged meeting on March 19, said a source at Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Criminal Court’s human trafficking case 3 division’s prosecutor team.

 

The settlement talks – on Monday and on March 19, involving the plaintiffs dropping two “compoundable/negotiable” charges – were possible under law, the source said. But the source emphasised that the serious criminal charge of human trafficking would still stand and a court trial would begin on February 19.

 

The 46-year-old former magician Kerdmai, previously known as Kheetakan Kerdpaiboon, and his former “coyote dancer” employee and NiNew Modelling manager, Panwarot Kuabkoom, 35, were at the centre of a scandal after video clips of two female dancers being slapped in the face as punishment for unclear breaches of the modelling house’s rules went viral last September.

 

It became a formal police case when three teenagers lodged police complaints.

 

Kerdmai, Panwarot and a third suspect, Monreudeee In-on, 28, were arrested, bailed and then indicted on December 13 last year on charges of human trafficking, procuring persons under 18 for profitable sexual act performances, and “taking away” persons under 18 from their parents/guardians for lewd acts.

 

The lawsuit said that, from May 2016-September 5, 2017, the defendants had operated a business to benefit from procuring girls over 15 but still under 18 to perform sexual acts.

 

A 16-year-old girl reportedly worked as “coyote dancer” for them and she was sent to a Bangkok bar where she wore a bikini, did sexy dances and shared drinks with male customers who then kissed and molested her with her consent in exchange for a payment from the bar. The payment was then split between the modelling agency and the girl, the lawsuit cited.

 

Kerdmai also faced additional rape accusations at the time.

 

In a television interview, he claimed that he had had “consensual sexual relationships” with two employees, but had broken up with them.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30338736

 
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9 minutes ago, Get Real said:

Settle? Thailand as it´s best. Just pay some money and your horrible crime goes away.

 

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Money Talks

Bull $$££ Walks

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4 hours ago, Get Real said:

Settle? Thailand as it´s best. Just pay some money and your horrible crime goes away.

Not if you are farang :sad:

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1 hour ago, wakeupplease said:

Criminals who just get away with it due to money and it happens just here in where are we I forgot

 

Doesn't seem to be working for Harvey Weinstein at the moment, thankfully. And a few others.

 

But in Asia, Africa etc, money can buy just about anything; there's no notion of justice, ethics and right from wrong; and "compensation" is seen as punishing the perp financially whilst giving benefit to the injured party.

 

The "model" agency business in Thailand is full of predators, sexual and/or financial. And of course, the unique approach to law enforcement doesn't help.

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20 hours ago, webfact said:

former magician

no wonder he can make criminal charges go away

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1 hour ago, Baerboxer said:

But in Asia, Africa etc, money can buy just about anything; there's no notion of justice, ethics and right from wrong; and "compensation" is seen as punishing the perp financially whilst giving benefit to the injured party.

They might have it the right way. Merely jailing someone benefits no-one. At least the victim receives something out of it. In my village a young boy killed someone with his motorcycle. The police didn't even get involved as far as I know. The boy's family just paid compensation. In our world the victim's family would have got nothing at all.

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OJ got away with murder ( as far as incarceration goes) didn’t he.... only to have to make a civil suit compensation payment?

 

i believe in compensation, to some extent, but feel it should be factored in as a display of remorse.... and not as an amount payment, but a percentage of personal wealth.

 

However, it should still be accompanied with a jail deterrent, for a number of reasons.

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19 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

They might have it the right way. Merely jailing someone benefits no-one. At least the victim receives something out of it. In my village a young boy killed someone with his motorcycle. The police didn't even get involved as far as I know. The boy's family just paid compensation. In our world the victim's family would have got nothing at all.

You are not comparing like with like. Presumably, the motorcycle death was accidental. Rape never is.

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13 hours ago, Golden Triangle said:
17 hours ago, Get Real said:

Settle? Thailand as it´s best. Just pay some money and your horrible crime goes away.

Not if you are farang :sad:

Even when you are farang................ JUST MORE MONEY....... LOL....... Thai Cops Like money......... To HELL with Justice........

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19 hours ago, Get Real said:

Settle? Thailand as it´s best. Just pay some money and your horrible crime goes away.

 Actually, its not a bad idea Rapists should be fined and imprisoned in the west The money from the fine goes to the victim

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