Reports: 4-year-old girl repeatedly raped at Thai child shelterBy Asian Correspondent Aug 30, 2013 1:49PM UTC
Reports are emerging that a 4-year-old girl was repeatedly raped at a Thai child shelter while her mother was in jail for a drugs offence.
According to the Bangkok Post, the girl was raped on an almost daily basis by “several senior boys” at the shelter in Chon Buri’s Banglamung district, just east of Bangkok.
The mother, 42, who was arrested for a drug offence while while working at a bar in Pattaya, was reportedly reunited with her daughter on Thursday on release from prison.
The Bangkok Post reports:
The mother told police that later that night the girl became sick so she took her to Banglamung Hospital early Friday morning.
Doctors who examined her found that she had a fever and had been assaulted.
The Thai language Matichon website reports on the incident here.
The reaction among the Thai English-speaking Twitter community Friday was one of horror and disgust:
— Jon Russell (@jonrussell) August 30, 2013
Majority of women in Thai jail are serving time on minor drug offences. One consequence -> http://t.co/de9Il3mMjX <- Time to rethink policy?
— แก้วมาลา Kaewmala (@Thai_Talk) August 30, 2013
According to the Thailand Department of Corrections website the country’s 30,020 female prisoners account for 13.97% of the total prison population. Of these, 17,170 (56.42%) are in jail for drugs offences.
High profile child abuse cases in Thailand are nothing new. In February the horrific kidnapping, torture and abuse of a young Karen girl by a young couple shocked the nation. In June, two monks were arrested for procuring a 14-year-old boy to perform sexual acts with an abbot.