Illegal to have XXX Porn of ANY SORT in Thailand?

Not sure how it went down exactly, I’ll ask my g/f to get the Thai paper which might explain it in better detail. But, for some reason an English man was arrested for just HAVING some porn on his computer and CD’s.

There was a search warrant from the Pattaya Provincial Court… so police raided the guy’s room at Diana Estate in Soi Boekeow. They found 300+ pornographic CD’s and some photo albums.

Police suspected this 75 year old man was selling the images to his friends. Suspected? So, he might not have sold anything at all – and the images were for his own personal (solitary) enjoyment?

What the hell? Sounds shady to me – the police actions, not the guy! I’m really hoping that the Thai police had something more than suspecting the guy just had general porn depicting consenting adults. If it was child porn, I’m all for busting his dumb ass and letting him rot in the prison… BUT, since there was no mention of anything the guy did wrong other than have porn and that they “suspected” him of selling it… what the hell is that?

This is the kind of thing that gets me scared – I can’t even have some photos on my computer – or in my possession that the Thai police, courts, or other government censors consider to be “porn”?

Chances are we’ve ALL got porn in the cache that our internet browsers store until we clear it. And then, it’s not really gone as you’d have to wipe and re-write over top of the images you deleted until there was no trace of them.

You know what else is scary? The police are already on record of having said they “suspected” the guy of selling the images… so, if they find no evidence of him having sold pornography in Thailand you think they’ll “FIND” some evidence of it anyway to charge him with? Loss of face being what it is… I’d guess that since they went so far as to arrest a UK national over this… and you know what?

You know what else is scary?

If they found 300 CDs of pornographic material – all of it adult and none of it outrageously strange enough that the UK or Americans would call it illegal pornography…. and they’ve arrested the guy… and they know the rest of the world is vehemently against (at least in the statutes) any sort of child pornography…

Why wouldn’t they plant a photo, a CD, a DVD, or a hard drive FULL of child pornography in the mess of stuff they took from the guy’s room? Why not? Save face, get rid of an expat… Scare other expats into child porn to get them out of the country, improve Thailand’s image as a family destination, not just whoremonger hangout… would serve a purpose I think…

I’d not want to be this guy at this point in time – the Thais having just arrested that idiot from Canada on child pederasty and other charges…

I’m all for sending the child pornographers and abusers a strong message – like – we’ll hang you, balls up from a tree top if we find you…

But first the Thais’ would need to find and prosecute a few thousand of their own on the same charges before I’d really believe they gave two shites about the problem.

Update: Jesus man, finally my slow internet connection loaded that page fully and I just saw the photos of the police hauling away this guy’s stash of porn – it wasn’t just a couple photo albums, the guy’s porn collection filled the back of a pickup truck! hahahha! That’s great stuff… just hope none of it is child porn!


From the Pattaya City News Site:

We joined the Tourist Police as they conducted a raid of room number 95 at the Diana Estate in Soi Boekeow on Tuesday Afternoon on the strength of a search warrant issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court. The room occupant is Mr. Alan Charles Mawson aged 75 from England who was suspected of possessing indecent images. A search of the room took place and officers found photo albums and pornographic CD’s. More than 100,000 indecent images and more than 300 pornographic CD’s were confiscated and Mr. Marson was placed under arrest and taken to the Tourist Police Station. We understand that Police suspect that Mr. Mawson was selling images to friends; however this is still under investigation. It is also known that he has been collecting these images over many years and other residents were aware of his actions. The British Embassy in Bangkok are monitoring the case and will offer consular services to the suspect if required.

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2 thoughts on “Illegal to have XXX Porn of ANY SORT in Thailand?

  1. Hey Vern. They were acting on a 14 year old boys complaint.

    He went to police to tell them he had sex with the man and he had taken pictures of him.

    He has been doing so for many years I have read and also has many pictures of young boys.

    The sad and shitty part is that people in his apartment block new about it I read.

    Thai people really suck at times. How they didn’t ring police before is beyond me.

    He has pledged his innocence even though he has so many pictures that he has taken.

    I’d say he is up shit creek in a barb wire canoe. Minimum 10 years should this crime be proven.

  2. A lot of it was child porn unfortunately he had a penchant for young boys and that was his downfall. A 14 year old Thai boy turned him in the day before for molesting him

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