Thailand police are investigating a 14-year-old girls’ claim that 40 men raped her
The victim is from Koh Raed, a small island in Thailand’s Phang Nga province. The girl first reported the sexual assaults in March, according to the province’s deputy governor Eggarat Leesen.
The girl told authorities that between May and December of 2016, she was attacked more than just once. This lead the attorney general of Phang Nga province to indict three suspects. However, they were all released on bail later.
Leesen mentioned that in subsequent interviews since her initial report, the girl claimed that up to 40 men were involved in the series of rapes. In addition, not all the suspected attackers were believed to be from Koh Raed, which makes everything harder for authorities and their investigation.
Police Maj. Gen. Boonthawee Torraksa said that Phang Nga’s police force is overseeing the investigation. However, he declined to comment on the number of additional suspects that the probe is pursuing, arguing the sensitivity of the investigation. However, he suggested that he did not think that there would be 40.
An important factor is also the fact that both her parents work at a night tapping rubber trees, which means that the girls is often left alone at night in the house, when the rapes are thought to be happening.
“The complaint states that the girl was first raped by an assailant at her home, then subsequently forced to go to huts in the area where she was drugged and gang raped by multiple perpetrators,” it reported.