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More than 15,000 sex offender suspects at large

BANGKOK: Almost 300 suspects on sex-related offences have been arrested nationwide with more than 15,000 still on the run, according to the Command and Control Operation Centre.

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Bangkok Post

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 09:08AM

A police officer stands in front of a backdrop banner announcing the Central Investigation Bureau operation to capture most-wanted suspects on sex-related charges. Photo: Bangkok Post
A police officer stands in front of a backdrop banner announcing the Central Investigation Bureau operation to capture most-wanted suspects on sex-related charges. Photo: Bangkok Post

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) ordered a search campaign nationwide mounted by the various provincial police bureaus between April 1 to 5 and nabbed a total of 287 suspects facing sex-related charges.

The suspects were trying to evade the court-approved warrants for their arrest. Of the 287 suspects, 69 were caught in Bangkok.

They had allegedly committed a range of sexual offences: rape and murder; forcibly sexually assaulting women; attempted rape and molesting girls; rape and taking away girls between the ages of 13 and 15 from parental care; rape and assault with intent to steal from victims; public indecency and human trafficking.

According to the CIB, the suspects arrested last week make up only a fraction of those still on the run. Arrest warrants are out for 15,453 suspects on sex-related charges nationwide.

CIB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thitirat Nonghanpithak said sex crimes were severe offences which heavily traumatise victims physically and emotionally.

Often, the suspects resorted to violent acts against the victims and showed no remorse. They also were not afraid of the law, he said.

The CIB has integrated efforts with other police units to capture the criminals who remain at large. The police have worked in units in each province, which also link up with the operation in cluster of provinces.

Gen Thitirat said it was vital that the suspects wanted for sex-related crimes were taken off the streets as they have the tendency to repeat the crime or commit other offences. Arresting them early would help cut the ‘crime circuit’.

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The CIB has focused its attention and invested human resources and equipment in weeding out sex crimes. The CIB is also speeding up efforts tracking down suspects wanted for other crimes around the country from April 1 until Monday.

Among them were 17 suspects detained in murder cases, three in robbery cases, six in theft cases, 32 in attempted murder cases, 114 in embezzlement cases, 139 in fraud cases, and 96 in drug cases, said deputy national police chief Pol Lt Gen Suthep Detraksa.

Meanwhile, the National Police Office has launched crackdowns on crimes, including the areas in the Deep South, ahead of the Songkran festival, which kicks off tomorrow.

Deputy national police chief Pol Lt Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said Tuesday that police have gone on the offensive by launching sting operations in targeted areas and captured many suspects on drug charges.

The police expected the operations will boost security and people’s confidence during the Songkran festival. Also, Gen Suthep said the Tourist Police Division, which is an important unit for arresting suspects who include transnational criminals, is to be upgraded to a bureau under the Royal Thai Police in about a year.


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Rorii | 14 April 2017 - 06:30:58

What I always find strange is that they can suddenly "arrest" 300 suspects, and say 15,000 are on the run, why weren't they all arrested previously, 15,000, to acknowledge this is acknowledging failure after failure, or, as I suspect, another release of "rubbery" figure, in order for us "gullible" people to think the Thai Police, (Royal left off deliberately, they don't deserve the title, in fact it is an insult) are doing something.

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Kurt | 13 April 2017 - 16:53:57

Do we really need section 44 for everything normal criminal Law enforcement in this country?
What happens to be wrong in this country with RTP?
Not even able to catch at least 75% of these criminals.

Oh, I know, they now have to sit under road side tents and watch with empty eyes all the road law enforcement breakers passing by. 

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Jor12 | 13 April 2017 - 16:42:33 you can read from the article, there are other crimes to be dealt with as well. Try thinking outside of the square. Criminals are adept in keeping one step ahead of the law. 

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Kurt | 13 April 2017 - 11:42:07

15,453 minus 287 = still 15,166 violent offenders to go.
Offenders who, according RTP, are not afraid of the law, have tendency to repeat their crimes.
Thank you for the warning! 
Lady tourists be aware! Don't take candy from strange men.

Just 287 is only a drop in a bucket of water!
Does RTP not have a nation wide spread Intelligent Department?
Must be possible, even with closed eyes, to catch a few thousand of these dangerous persons.
Does the 'financial influential factor' plays a role here?

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