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Hunt on for taxi driver accused of raping Brazilian tourist
By The Nation

 

SUPHAN BURI: -- A Brazilian woman who hailed a taxi at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International airport was allegedly raped by the taxi driver in a field in Suphan Buri late on Tuesday, police said.

 

The badly injured tourist was spotted by local residents of Moo 8 village in Tambon Thung Khok in Suphan Buri’s Song Phi Nong district late Tuesday night.

 

Police were informed about the incident at 11.30pm and the woman was sent to a hospital.

 

The woman told police that she had flown in from Kuala Lumpur, arriving at Don Mueang airport at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

 

She took a yellow-and-green taxi from Airport Hotel and asked him to take her to Soi Thong Lor.

 

She said she noticed that her phone signal died while riding the taxi, as a result she lost communication with her friend on Line app.

 

She said the driver stopped the taxi in a field and tried to rape her. When she resisted, she was repeatedly hit and then raped. She said the driver left her at the scene and sped off.

 

Suphan Buri police chief Pol Maj-General Sukhun Prommayon said police would make a facial sketch of the suspect and would check CCTV feeds to try and arrest him.

 

The victim was later transferred to Police General Hospital in Bangkok.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30313394

 
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Bangkok cabbie arrested for raping 22-year-old Brazilian model

 

SUPHAN BURI: -- A taxi driver at Suvarnabhumi international airport was arrested this morning in Suphanburi after he sexually assaulted a Brazilian model and raped her.

 

The identity of the taxi driver was not yet known as he was being escorted from Suphanburi to Bangkok late today to be questioned by the Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsiphramanakul himself as the crime he committed greatly tarnished the reputation of the country which is currently launching campaign to promote tourism.

 

The Brazilian model was identified only as Ms Gabriel by her Thai girlfriend who was the first to report her disappearance to JS Radio Station yesterday afternoon when she did not arrive at a meeting place on Soi Thonglor off Sukhumvit road.

 

Her Thai friend said the Brazilian model flew in from Brazil yesterday afternoon and they scheduled to meet each other on Soi Thonglor.

 

But after hours of meeting, her friend didn’t arrive and she was afraid that something might go wrong. She then asked JS 100 Radio to help locate her, saying she was told that her Brazilian friend called a yellow taxi from the Suvarnabhumi airport.

 

A samiritan later reported finding a foreign female tourist at a ricefield in Suphanburi province, and she was later helped to Somdet Phra Sangharat hospital for treatment as she was in fear and had bruises  indicating she was sexually assaulted.

 

Police were later alerted.

 

Initial questioning of the victim revealed that she called a yellow-shirt from Airport Link Hotel to meet a friend on Soi Thonglor.

 

But after she went into the taxi, she couldn’t contact her friend on Line Chat.

 

She said the driver drove her off the route to the town but  a detour route out to unknown place.

 

According to police the cabbie drive her on the route to Nakhon Pathom and then to Nakhon Chaisri district.

He later drove her into a ricefield and began to sexually harassed her.

 

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/bangkok-cabbie-arrested-raping-22-year-old-brazilian-model/

 
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What an awful story. 

 

The airport should be covered in CCTV so shouldn't be hard to find him.

 

And this just reinforces my wanting to use Grab and Uber. Sure, it can happen with them too, but at least it's less likely given there are  protocols in place. 

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9 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

What an awful story. 

 

The airport should be covered in CCTV so shouldn't be hard to find him.

 

And this just reinforces my wanting to use Grab and Uber. Sure, it can happen with them too, but at least it's less likely given there are  protocols in place. 

Well i assumed the Thai airports were covered in camera's even if i don't see them.

 

How can he pickup a tourist from the airport without getting filmed?

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26 minutes ago, webfact said:

The identity of the taxi driver was not yet known as he was being escorted from Suphanburi to Bangkok late today to be questioned by the Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsiphramanakul himself as the crime he committed greatly tarnished the reputation of the country which is currently launching campaign to promote tourism.

Once again, Thailand very publicly states their totally misplaced priorities. The fact that there is a human victim here doesn't even get acknowledged. How about, "The crime he committed was an appalling and violent attack on a young woman, a disgusting violation of a guest who was visiting our country."

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The authorities said they were going to do something to protect

passengers in taxis,I suggested every cab should have a taser in

the back (jokingly),i think they were going to make cabs install

a panic button, either way,they need to do something quick and

take control of these taxi drivers.Thailand always worried about

its reputation,these are  the first people tourists meet when they

leave the airports,not all are bad,just get rid of the bad ones.

regards worgeordie

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36 minutes ago, Nong Khai Man said:

Very Common in London,......................UBER=RAPE......So be Very Careful who you use, Taxi Wise !!

Have you ever had the pleasure of viewing any episodes of 'Fake Taxi'?

 

Highly recommended.

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A foul deed rape is,

society is to lenient in its punishment

for such crimes, trauma can last a life time 

for the victims ,

I used to advocate removal of family jewels 

but now consider the death penalty an appropriate 

sentence., when you consider all the charges combined that would

be attached to such a crime as this.

 

I hope the young lady has internal fortitude,

 

 

 

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A young woman arriving on her own from Brazil. Why didn't her 'friend' meet her at the airport or arrange for reliable transportation upon her arrival?

 

In the past several months, I have seen taxi drivers becoming much more aggressive in refusing fares and/or taking advantage of customers who don't know their way around Bangkok.

 

Women must be extra alert under the current circumstances.

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1 hour ago, SiamBeast said:

If that is true, then I hope the driver can be brought to justice.

 

He most likely used a cellphone jammer, there are several ones from China available for sale in Thailand, it's common among criminals and it's cheap.

 

Slightly off topic: Are telephone jammers illegal?

I would love to buy one.

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1 hour ago, leeneeds said:

A foul deed rape is,

society is to lenient in its punishment

for such crimes, trauma can last a life time 

for the victims ,

I used to advocate removal of family jewels 

but now consider the death penalty an appropriate 

sentence., when you consider all the charges combined that would

be attached to such a crime as this.

 

I hope the young lady has internal fortitude,

 

 

 

I think the death penalty is a poor option in a country such as Thailand, where the justice system reputedly fails to punish the actual perpetrator on occasion.

  

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14 minutes ago, neverere said:

I think the death penalty is a poor option in a country such as Thailand, where the justice system reputedly fails to punish the actual perpetrator on occasion.

  

The death penalty is a poor option anywhere.

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It's likely that unless she had a local SIM card or one with international roaming, she was using the free wifi at the airport on LINE, which of course stopped as soon as she left the airport vicinity.

 

Probably no need for a jammer unless he was actually planning a rape rather than acting opportunistically.

 

Time for all taxis, and Uber/Grab cars to be fitted with onboard CCTV transmitting to a central location, as is the case with police body worn cameras. Can be linked to the ignition to stop the car starting if an attempt is made to disable it. The video could also be stored in the vehicle, and be tamper-proof.

 

Maybe then the image of Thailand as a safe tourist destination can be enhanced. Would also be useful for settling fare disputes and preventing theft of forgotten property. Link to the dashcam to show driving standard.

 

Sad that it has come to this when taxi drivers used to have a good reputation, but lack of regulation and enforcement means the industry is full of cowboys and criminals.

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Reason 2829208 to keep Uber and other options

 

Crooks dont like it when u cut in on their turf......

 

As for cameras--they only seem to work when THAIS need them

as i recall they suddenly stopped working when i needed them

 

Even got a angry response when i asked to try and get the footage myself...:saai:

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4 hours ago, NanLaew said:

Once again, Thailand very publicly states their totally misplaced priorities. The fact that there is a human victim here doesn't even get acknowledged. How about, "The crime he committed was an appalling and violent attack on a young woman, a disgusting violation of a guest who was visiting our country."

 

This country never feels ashamed!

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4 hours ago, leeneeds said:

A foul deed rape is,

society is to lenient in its punishment

for such crimes, trauma can last a life time 

for the victims ,

I used to advocate removal of family jewels 

but now consider the death penalty an appropriate 

sentence., when you consider all the charges combined that would

be attached to such a crime as this.

 

I hope the young lady has internal fortitude,

 

 

4 hours ago, leeneeds said:

I agree. The death sentence is becoming a necessity, and should not just be used for murder.  Rape, aremed robbery` and assault, terrorist activities and many more spring to mind

 

 

 

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