Update November 17 2013
Yesterday we received a number of comments from our readers lambasting meebal.com for attempting to hide the truth that the video was in fact not Thai Police Officers but most likely Burmese men beating Burmese prostitutes.
It is, as some commenter’s pointed out, our responsibility to investigate when content is refuted. Late yesterday we decided to dig deeper and discovered that the Thai Embassy in London and the Thai Government in Bangkok refute the videos contents and the accusations that those men responsible were in fact Thai Police Officers.
We contacted a local police station here in the UK and asked to be put in touch with a registered Burmese interpreter. We made contact and asked if he would give his opinion.
We were told by the Burmese interpreter that the language was indeed Burmese (Myanmar) but from the footage it was not possible to determine if the men involved were, as other reports suggest, Burmese or Thai. There are, according to the interpreter many Thais who speak Burmese and vice versa; especially along the Thai and Burmese borders.
Originally meebal.com stated that the video was CCTV footage and yet after researching a little further others feel that it is almost certain that the incident was taken on a mobile phone or even low grade video camera.
The Thai media also refuted the claim that the men were Thai but rather Burmese pimps or even police.
The validity as to the identity of those involved is certainly tainted but as yet we can find no evidence that the content itself was staged; from all the information we have been able to gather it appears the issue here is of the identity or rather nationality of those involved and again we have found no evidence to suggest the video was staged.
Thai officials remain adamant that these are not Thai police officers or Thai pimps whilst other report point to either Thai, Burmese and even some suggesting Malaysian.
An estimated 20,00-30,000 young Burmese women work as prostitutes in Thailand, most of them from ethnic minorities, and 60 per cent of them are thought to be under 18. Source Daily Mail
We further investigated to determine if the Thai or Burmese authorities had managed to track down and arrest those involved and as of today there are no media or police reports confirming any such action; just denials from the Thai and Burmese authorities.
“Corruption is still widespread amongst Thai law enforcement personnel. There are also reports that Thai police and immigration officials extort money or sex from Burmese citizens detained in Thailand for immigration violations, and sell Burmese people who are unable to pay to labor brokers and sex traffickers.” Andrew Drummond
Meebal.com has been called upon, by a number of its readers, to remove the video however we feel that the video has validity in that it clearly shows on-going human rights abuses in South East Asia that people should be aware of in the hope that it can be stamped out and that those involved can eventually be identified and brought to justice.
UPDATE: November 16, 2013
Over the last few weeks this article has received a lot of attention; most notably debating the validity of the video. From our initial sources the video appears genuine and a number of international press corporations indeed picked up on the story and ran with it.
The current debate argues that the footage is not in fact that of CCTV and that he language spoken is not Thai; those denouncing this as a fake state that these cannot be Thai Police officers as the language spoken appears to be Burmese.
Others leaving comments have also questioned the surroundings; that it the room is not typically Thai and therefore the video is fake.
If this appears to be the overall perception why hasn’t meebal.com removed the video and indeed the article?
There are a number issues that remain unanswered, including but certainly not restricted to:
Is it not feasible that if these are indeed Thai Police officers they are unable to speak Burmese? There many Thais who speak multiple languages and indeed dialects of their own language and therefore such a consideration cannot be dismissed.
What does a typical ‘Thai Room’ look like? We’ve examined a number of photographs of so-called ‘Thai Rooms’ and many consist of plain walls and tiled floors. Again we are unable to establish as this time the validity of some comments. The room could in fact be that of Thai, Burmese, Malaysian or simply anywhere in the world.
One person commented that it is not inconceivable that those men involved might by Malaysian; but of course when arguing the case of validity it could also be argued they are indeed Thai.
We openly welcome the continuation of the debate on the video and if it can be proven to be staged and therefore a fake we will remove it. If you do have any insight please leave a comment below as this will certainly help to either confirm or dispel the videos validity.
ASIAN MEN CAUGHT ON VIDEO VICIOUSLY BEATING A BURMESE PROSTITUTE – According to the Thai Government there is no prostitution in Thailand, however it is widely known, and accepted, that Thailand is the known as the ‘Whore House of South East Asia’.
In order to circumvent the Thai ‘morality’ laws, bars list prostitutes as waitresses, or guest entertainers and the prostitution industry in Thailand is thriving.
When it comes to the Royal Thai Police, both Thais and foreigners (those that know of their infamy) avoid them at all costs. It is often perceived the Royal Thai Police are nothing less than thieves and thugs with a badge and a permit to carry a gun – either on or off duty.
The footage in the video above is widely known to be typical behaviour of the Thai Police, especially if they are trying to extort a confession or most often money from the person arrested.
Thais, in the mainstream, are not the gentle, smiling and caring Buddhist individuals one often mistakes them for. In fact the Thais are an ignorant and violent race who often resolves their differences with violence.
We all like the think that the United States is rife with violent gun crime, but Thailand is listed as No.3 in the world as having the highest number of violent gun crimes. To put this into perspective, the US has approximately 316 million citizens compared to Thailand with 63 million and yet Thailand’s violent gun crime rate is 6 times higher than the United States.
Burmese are always looked upon, by the Thais, a nothing more than animals. Thailand’s record on Human Rights Abuse, not just for the Burmese, but also for the Royhingya, Cambodians and other neighbouring nations is legendary in its abuse. It was reported just days ago that the Royal Thai Navy was yet again caught murdering Royhingya refugees at sea by shooting them – something the Thais have vehemently denied, regardless to eyewitness reports of the slaughter.
Young Burmese, Viennese and Cambodians are often kidnapped by Thai Police and forced into prostitution; some as young as 5 years of age have been saved by various child care organizations and yet the problem continues to grow due to the lack of humanity a Thai feels for any other race of people.
What is even more disturbing is the Thai Government’s attitude to these type of human rights abuses. In nearly all cases where police officers have been caught trafficking young girls for prostitution the punishment generally consists of simply moving them to a difference province in order to continue their illicit trade – rarely are their reports of any Thai police officers being jailed for their crimes.
The estimates for the number of Burmese girls working in the sex industry in Thailand is vague but some groups put the figure between 20,000 to 30,000, a figure many is underestimated by at least five times.
This human tragedy is fuelled mainly by tourism. According to the Thai Government over 24 million foreign tourists entered Thailand in 2012, a figure that is expected to grow by over 6% in 2013.
It is perceived that a large proportion of all tourism in Thailand is due to the easy in which sex can be obtained and with laws that are openly flouted, this allows the bar owners, many of whom are Thai, to profit from the misery and degradation of those less fortunate or those unable to say no.
The Thais will continue to abuse Human Rights Laws, they will continue to murder innocent refugees and they will continue to force children into prostitution until finally foreign tourists make a stand and refuse to support, with their tourist dollars, a regime that openly advocates the misery and debauchery of others so the Thais can simply profit from it without any thoughts of remorse.
Editor’s Note – Just remember, if you are thinking about taking a holiday in Thailand then you become directly responsible for the continuation of child prostituion and other human rights abuses in Thailand. The only way to stamp out this vile behaviour is to ensure that there is no market for it. The world’s travelers need to abandon Thailand and show them with once voice – change your ways or suffer for your consequences.
I urge you to SHARE this via your Facebook, Twitter and other social network accounts – together we can save these children from the horrors of prostitution and the unrelenting greed of the Thais.