May 24th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Fighting child sex slavery in Thailand

Thai police recently busted a sex slavery ring, rescuing nine boys and arresting a Buddhist monk. Police footage shows the monk in possession of several fake guns. Experts working the case say he and another Thai man bought boys, held them prisoner and then sold them to Westerners for sex.

The leader of the ring was sentenced to 84 years in prison for human trafficking and sexual abuse, a sentence that has since been halved because the judges said he’d cooperated with investigators and the court. The monk, who has been expelled from the clergy, received a 21-year prison sentence for trafficking and sexually abusing under-aged children.

CNN's Dan Rivers reports.


soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. You2Know

    This sh!t makes me sick. I hate people who abuse children. I hate them! The most evil thing to do is to target innocent children. These demons are butchering their innocent, their hope, their bright spirits, their light hearts and their sweet nature. I don't understand how someone could make a child work all day in a factory or on a farm. And I certainly don't understand how a grown a$$ adult could engage in sex with a child knowing the harm they are causing. This sh!t really makes me mad, mad, mad!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Keyser

      YouKnow, you really know very little about Thai culture to make such statements, which obviously come from a western perspective... Rural Thai families regularly sells their children into sexual slavery, or shame them into working in brothels to bring $$$ and respect to the family... That's right, in Thailand, $$$ equates to respect or "face"... Please save your righteous indignation for a culture who gives a damn about their next generation, because Thais surely don't...

      May 24, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
      • Thai Freedom

        Khun Keyser,

        I am a Thai. I, and many Thais, care for our children. This sex trafficking only bring shame and scar to the victims.

        Siam used to have legal slavery. That didn't make it morally right! King Chulalongkorn abolished legal slavery more than a century back. The modern blight of child trafficking must be stopped around the world, Thailand included.

        May 24, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • T

        And where are you from with a name like Keyser?

        May 24, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • talus12

        Keyser, whether it's ok in other countries to sell off your kids, it's still a sickening practice.

        May 24, 2011 at 10:29 am |
      • 4watitsworth

        Your own ignorance, in general, is abysmal. It is comments like yours that originally prompted the observation that "it is far better to remain silent and be thought stupid than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

        May 24, 2011 at 10:38 am |
      • Keyser

        As is so often in the west, you choose to shoot the messenger... I have traveled extensively throughout southeast Asia and have lived in Thailand, so I know of what I speak... I in no way condone the activities highlighted in this article / video... I do know that this activity takes place today and will continue to take place in the future as long as corruption in all aspects of society in Thailand are addressed... In other words, never... I have traveled to over 50 countries and have never been anywhere nearly as corrupt as Thailand... From the politicians, to the Royal Thai Police (which is listed as an organized crime entity by Interpol), primitive educational system and xenophobic elitism to the nth degree... If you want to make a difference, go there with a pocket full of money and try to help... You will be robbed, beaten and deported because "you no understand Thai culture"... Capiche?

        May 24, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • Enough

        Keyser is probably one of the sick b@st@rds..

        May 24, 2011 at 10:53 am |
      • Keyser

        "T

        And where are you from with a name like Keyser?"

        I guess the same place you come from with a name like T... What a rube...

        May 24, 2011 at 10:55 am |
      • Hal

        Of course money is the root of this but no matter what culture you come from selling children in sex slavery is horrid and needs to be stopped but maybe I just love my own child too much and would never do that to them I'd sell myself before I ever gave up my own child and God will judge you in the end not me.

        May 24, 2011 at 10:55 am |
      • Keyser

        "Enough

        Keyser is probably one of the sick b@st@rds.."

        Do you usually admonish people for telling the truth about a corrupt society? If so, then you must be as ignorant as the rest of the Americans commenting on this thread...

        May 24, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • Keyser

        "4watitsworth

        Your own ignorance, in general, is abysmal. It is comments like yours that originally prompted the observation that "it is far better to remain silent and be thought stupid than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.""

        Have you lived in Thailand? Have you seen this behavior first hand? Have you lived with corruption around you on a daily basis... Have you been prosecuted for trying to assist victims of crime in Thailand? If you answered no to any of the above, then I say you are an ignorant fool and should not comment on things which you know nothing...

        May 24, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • Keyser

        "Thai Freedom

        Khun Keyser,

        I am a Thai. I, and many Thais, care for our children. This sex trafficking only bring shame and scar to the victims.

        Siam used to have legal slavery. That didn't make it morally right! King Chulalongkorn abolished legal slavery more than a century back. The modern blight of child trafficking must be stopped around the world, Thailand included."

        Sawasdee Khap Khun Freedom...

        I agree with you that Thailand has a checkered past and that it will take every Thai person to make things better in LOS... Having said that, until the poor families of Issan, Laos and Myanmar are taught that it is not right to sell their children, anything else is rhetoric... Thank you for your kind remarks, unlike the other knuckle-draggers here...

        May 24, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • K3Citizen

        You make it sound like it is no big deal to sell kids for sex. If that's the case, have your child be an exchange student in Thailand and see how long their innocence lasts there.

        May 24, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • whatisgoingonhere

        Keyser is one who likes to speak, unfounded and ignorantly, for the purpose of attention.

        May 24, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • StupidKeyser

        Do you usually admonish people for telling the truth about a corrupt society?

        Keyser...WTF is "admonish"???? Go back to rocking back and forth in your freak show corner of the room and quit wishing you were special.

        May 24, 2011 at 11:50 am |
      • iamirish

        Hey Keyser, I'm from Southeast Asia and lived in Thailand for years. I've been to the borders as well- and yeah, there's a lot of poverty and what you say has been known to occur but to say that people should "save... righteous indignation for a culture who gives a damn about their next generation, because Thais surely don't..." is horrible! There are Thai's who don't take care of their kids but this is true for other places/ cultures/ people as well– and it is also equally true that there are Thais who LOVE and care for their children. If you are truly culturally sensitive, then you should know that such harsh words and condemnation of an entire nation will be met with equal condemnation from Southeast Asians.

        May 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
      • Jorge

        You guys need to work on the art of paying attention and turning on your brains before you put your typing fingers in gear. Keyser is merely stating a nasty fact about Thai society. He never claimed to subscribe to that worldview or participate in it, it is what it is. If a lot of folks stateside approach all their decision-making in such a hasty and bungle-hammer manner, that explains at least to some extent the sorry state of affairs in the U.S.

        May 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • mike4326

        You are very ignorant. And you speak out of your hind end hole. Maybe you were abused as a child. I hope not.

        May 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Troll Pest Control, Inc.

        @ Keyser aka Jorge - put you sock puppets away and face it, you may be well traveled, but that doesn't make you any less of a bigot or creepy loser. In fact, your blanket dehumanization of Thai people is text book criminal mind psychological justification for mass murder and sex crimes. Paint an entire race / country / culture with a broad brush stroke of condemnation and then anything goes. And yes, I've spent quality time in Thailand, enough to spot a racist idiot who is willfully blind to the good in an amazing people and country. I'd bet your mobile home that you're a sick pup who uses dehumanization to justify your disgusting appetites. Your own words expose you for what you are: "Please save your righteous indignation for a culture who gives a damn about their next generation, because Thais surely don't..." and by extension, why should you? Our righteous indignation is for the suffering of any child at the hands of any adult, regardless of country, race, or culture. The fact that you missed that is disturbing.

        May 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • baker

        So that makes this ok cause its part of the culture?? I can't believe what twisted logic you're attempting here. You must be sexually interested young kids yourself.

        May 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • Stuart

        no, you are wrong.. no one can justify nor any culture could, the reasons to buy and sell boy or girl for sex or any other purpose.

        May 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Stuart

        yap, Keyser is a sick amn, belongs to prisons

        May 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • Fly Guy in SJ

        I've lived in SE Asia, too, and while Keyser clearly is carrying a lot of bitterness and is presenting only the worst possible face/worst possible case regarding trafficking of children in Thailand, he's not just making this stuff up. Many of you are, as he says, shooting the messenger for the crime of telling an ugly truth. That said, Keyser could choose his words more carefully, so that the words themselves don't put people off his message.

        May 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Arunnee

        @ Keyser.....E – Dawg !

        It's not " respect to the family" that causes this problem, poverty and lack of education are mainly the roots of child slavery in Thailand and the Thai government must deal with these 2 issues vigorously. Please get the fact right before you start talking stupid!

        May 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • queenbee

        Kahn Keyser somehow sounds like a German pedophilic moniker....There is something VERY SUSPICIOUS about anyone who tries to defend or justify reprehensible acts–as if they had manufactured "their excuse" long ago so that they could have a clear conscience in doing the thing they defend....Et tu? Keyser/Kaiser?

        May 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • john

        There is no excuse for this. If this is standard Thai practice, then they should all kill themselves. They are a failed savage society bred from the purest of evil. Any adult male with a fetish for children should do the right thing and exterminate yourself today!

        May 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • Will Iam

        Keyser, you qualify your statements by saying you lived in Thailand and traveled to over 50 countries. Sounds to me like you did your traveling on Wikipedia rather than actually visiting other places, as many countries including Thailand's neighbors are far worse. Try living in Bangladesh or Cambodia for a while and tell me how Thailand compares in terms of organized crime, enforcement of laws, and transparency.

        Sounds more like you had a bad experience here (in particular with Thai police) and how have a serious case of sour grapes regarding Thailand as a whole.

        May 25, 2011 at 1:46 am |
      • captO

        If you were to come to our home and tell my wife that since she is Thai, she does not care about the next gereration ie: our daughter, and instruct her that she should sell our daughter into sexual slavery since this is the commonThai thing to do, then you would probably end up with more holes in your body than you could count. Then, I would come after you. The majority of people in the world are decent. Try to remember that when you start stereotyping to justify your slant.

        May 25, 2011 at 6:08 am |
      • icompose

        I think what most fail to mention here are the culprits that prey on these families and their kids. Keyser is correct, however, his choice of words are not. He is not condemning a culture, he is speaking of the hypocrisy within different cultures, and speaking of which, let’s look at the issue of whom cause Thai’s to sell their children into sexual slavery – Dare I say white males...

        If the issue was Africa and the raping of woman during conflict there, I would say black males. But considering the relevant matters and sticking to the relevant discussion, I would have to say this, 'some' white males have to get help for their perversion for young boys and girls. Simply put, I have travelled enough to see how money buys the poor, and kids are not exempt from this horrific crime. It happens all over the world, and the guys that are paying the money, and next to nothing I may add, are disproportinately the previous mentioned group.
        I’m just saying it's food for thought....

        May 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
      • Tooks

        I agree with Arunnee @Keyser you can say you know Thai culture but truely you don't. Please don't make stupid comment like this in public if you don't have facts.

        You use the word "Thais" is so insult to all Thais. There are millions of Thais that are fighting for justice to for this young children. You need to show some respect and keep your little mounth sh.t and your little brian for school so that you can learn to be wise.

        May 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • F.Mo

        KeyServer is right! If anyone has read his/her posts carefully and with any logic (which seems to be lacking from the replies and counter-replies to his posts), it is clearly evident that he/she is commenting on this article with a scarred heart. As KeyServer mentioned, after living in Thailand and attempting to assist in this plight, he/she had to succumb to the horrors of this issue when it was clear that children's families are willingly selling their children into the Child Sex Slave trade.
        KeyServer's posts merely state that the issue is NOT A CUT AND DRY CASE of "Oh, let's step in and save all the kids and bring them back to their families where they'll be safe from this crap!" Can you imagine how many of these "rescued" child end up right back in the hell holes when their families re-sell them back into the Child Slave Trade.
        I am from the Middle East and know exactly what KeyServer is referring to when it comes to Westerners and Europeans not undertanding that there are places on this planet where families living in poverty throw aside all morals, values and precious children just to make some money. Believe me when I say that it's more than the kids who need to be rescued from Child Sex Trade: There are thousands of families that should be rescued, rehabilitated and monitored by a government agency to ensure they WILL NOT keep this vicious repeating this vicious circle!

        May 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • steven moller

        Yes, you are right about the Thai culture, but that just goes to show how freakin' insane they are. And insane is an understatement. Any parent who will sells their child for money, knowing in advance that the child will be enslaved is a sick mother f^*&%$, and they are selling their souls to the devil, and with the grace of God, be sent to burn in hell forever...they deserve it.

        June 20, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Enough

      Keyser,

      Just because it happens, doesn't make it right!! And you are the only ignorant i see here making stupid a$$ and narrow-minded comments (Thais not giving a damn about their next generation)...

      May 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
      • StupidKeyser

        "LIKE BUTTON" and "MIDDLE FINGER BUTTON" for little b!tch Keyser

        May 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • master bayshun

        me tuo from souf azsha. we eat Thai foo wif sticks and drink bamboo juice

        May 25, 2011 at 1:05 am |
      • loupatriz

        what must it be like 2 be so well traveled & informed about all this horror & yet never do anything about it. All it takes is some1 to report it & the police will act, even in Thailand-as they did in this story. I think Mr. know-it-all enjoyed the "culture" while he was visiting. If ur not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

        May 25, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • EnglishProf.

      Seriously, "StupidKeyser?" You're going to insult someone's intelligence because you don't understand a word they've employed? You're challenged vocabulary doesn;t make anyone else look stupid... go post somewhere where people don't use all those pesky "big words" then.

      May 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
      • EnglishProf.

        "you're" = your... or does it?!? bwahahaha

        May 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • John

      Anyone who agrees with this sick practice should be put to death. How about that for taking a stance? Murder is preferable to pedophilia and sexual enslavement.

      May 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • Arthur Doyle J.D., S.P.J.

      Arnold fought child sex slavery in Thailand by having sex with sixteen year old girls in Washington D.C. He has demonstrated to American pedophiles that while sex tourism to Thailand can land you in jail, sex tourism to Washington D.C. where the age of consent is only 16, is legal and could land you in the governor's mansion or in Congress.

      May 27, 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      After Arnoold had sex with Gigi Goyette in that Washington D.C. hotel when she was 16, what did they talk about? Barbie, Mikey Dolenz and the Monkeys, or about what it will be like when she ultimately begins to menstrate and become a woman? The apparent advantage for Arnold is that pre-pubescent girls can't get pregnant, which can save whole lot of money when it comes to child support. Has the IRS investigated if Arnold has concealed any child support payments in the budgets of his production companies thereby hiding the payments from Maria while at the same time having his investors help him pay for his love children which may or may not have become tax deductible business expenses. John Edwards is facing likely prosecution for paying his mistress through his campaign. And Jessee Jackson got heat for paying for child support through one of his charities. A famous older Hollywood agent who was also a C.P.A.used to see a hooker every week in his office. After he was through doing what men do with hookers, he would tell the hooker to give the book report that she was required to bring with her to his secretary. Then the secretary would write the hooker a check. Then the Agent could legally deduct the hooker appointment as "Script Story Research". Perhaps I should not have trashed my old high school notebook from English class, perhaps there could have been a goldmine in book reports there.

      May 27, 2011 at 1:54 am | Reply
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      What about sex slavery in American cities like a certain west coast city with a population of over 7 million people where under-age undocumented girls are imported and then exploited in seedy hotels that rent by the hour. They come in ll ethnicities, Central American, Korean, Thai etc. They don't have to take the passports away from these girls, because they likely never have had a passport. Most are Illiterate in their own language, and if they create a problem, they simply vanish. Can you guess how their exploiters stay in business?

      May 27, 2011 at 2:03 am | Reply
      • Traveling Teacher

        FYI - there is a special visa program in the US where victims of sex trafficking automatically get a specially marked visa (kind of a "scarlet letter" approach, but it keeps them safe). That visa allows them to stay in the USA indefinitely and helps them access services here, get viable jobs, etc. Over 50,000 young men and women are trafficked into the US every year, and the proportions of the problem are the same in Europe. Sex trafficking is a supply and demand industry. Reducing demand will reduce trafficking. European and American men who partake of the sex trade (really, search for websites - there are actual vacation offerings that cater to men who want this sort of vacation!) drive the market. I work in Thailand every year - with many of the kids who have been trafficked - it's a sick business that rips the life out of children. Yes, many poor Thai people do sell their children into prostitution. Others are forced under the duress of organized crime movements within the country. However, Thailand as a nation has a strong set of laws against such activity. They are so suspicious about westerners using children for prostitution that they are even strict in their adoption policies. Overall, there's enough blame to go around - those who offer child sex, those who partake in it, governments who let is slide, and individuals who choose to turn their eyes from an ugly situation.

        June 9, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      Arnold signed tough new legislation to make pedophiles who use force to have sex with children subject to a mandatory sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. So will I face an untimely demise like Dominic Dunne if I ask if Arnold ever had sex with his sixteen year old mistress in California while she was a minor? Sadly, there appears to be no District attorney or Attorney General in California with the courage to pose this interesting question to chamber maids and hotel clerks in a Grand Jury setting. So if you are a popular Republican who may be separated but still has children with a spouse who is a popular Democrat, who is a cousin of America's most popular president, then it appears that neither a Republican, nor a Democrat D.A. will have the guts to touch you. Brilliant planning on the Governator's part!

      May 27, 2011 at 2:11 am | Reply
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

      Beginning in about the Sixth Century A.D., Thailand has been a haven for sex tourism. In the days of sailing ships, the monsoon blows ships into port for six months and then out of port for the next six months. Therefore ships trading goods would find themselves stuck in Thailand for up to six months. Since the Sixth Century, the Thai Royal Family has controlled the sex trade. Just like the Royal Family in Monaco controls all of the casinos, and the Russian Czar had a monopoly on the sale and distribution of all Vodka produced in the Russian Empire. It's not corruption. Sex tourism has been the biggest income earner for the Thai Royals for over 1000 years. It is ironic that Westerners are the customers of the child prostitutes and many of the same westerners condemn the Thais for being corrupt. Because the Income of the Thai Royals comes from foreigners who pay money to Thais for sex, the people of Thailand pay little or no taxes to support the government which is paid for by foreigners paying for sex and for Heroin. Who is corrupt? The Thais, or the Americans and Europeans paying for sex with minors and for Heroin?

      May 27, 2011 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • thaisplash

      To those who really care to make a difference. My nephew is the youger man speaking on cnn at the beginning. He has a nonprofit organization helping these children. He has put his life on the line time and time again and has saved around 400 kids sofar. If you really want to help make the difference please go the his website http://www.ctu-thailand.com and donate what ever you can. All the donation goes directly for this project and no milldle marketing company to pay. I myself donate to his organization monthly. It's obvious that most of you who posted your comments care (except Keyser obvioully. He is on a holier than thou trip. No worries with that attitude he'll bound to piss the wrong person off someday and get put down to size!!). Now is the time to go a little further and really make the difference. Please donate what you can. Every little bit adds up. Thank you.

      August 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  2. Mario

    Anyone who does this to a child must die the slowest and most imaginative death possible...I would like to be in charge of that imagination. Nothing in this world is more sickening than this.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • todd

      Except catholic priests seem to get away wtih this all the time. They get moved from parish to parish before they are caught. Moreover, parents, being the religious sheeple that they are, have no problems leaving their children alone with these monsters. Go figure.

      May 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Troll Radar

        @ todd - what a loser troll you are. A tiny (unacceptable) fraction of Catholic priests (just one is too many) were involved in child abuse and they represent the ultimate face and manifiestation of evil on this planet, but they by no means have a corner on the market on child abuse. It's a world wide problem– every culture and institution has to deal with this disgusting and inexcusable scourge. CNN just covered the story of the young boy who was kept in a dog cage, starved, and ultimately beaten to death by his own father and step-mother in the Heartland of the USA. Another story today reported that a 11 year was impregnated at a YMCA. Child abuse is a horrible human blight, so get off your bigoted, anti-Catholic high horse and follow the story line - this is a story about a decidely non-Catholic / Christian nation and culture with the ubiquitous human problem of pedophilia and child abuse on their hands. It takes a real a$$ to turn a story about monks in Thailand into a trashing of Catholics. TROLL!!! BTW - the days of leaving kids alone with a priest are long gone, it's simply not a situation that the Church allows itself to be in for obvious reasons. You can close your mind and eyes and pretend that Catholics are the source of child abuse, or you can open them and look around and see that sex abusers are EVERYWHERE - literally spread out even across your neigborhood, country, and globe.

        May 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • eldon

      I agree with mario here, no child deserves any tragic and hurtful moment by any adult human being in terms of this perverted topic. reading a lot of these posts makes me sick. get it right , they're children for @%!@ sakes. ive been in trouble with the law, i know what hurt is like, i've never harmed others but i'll tell you this, no way in hell does a child need to go thru anything on a topic like this. i gaurantee you that, so count me in on punishing anyone who has harmed a child.

      May 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  3. T

    @ Keyser – you are a disgusting waste of space. I assume from your comment you do not have children. I thank you for sparing the rest of us by removing yourself from the gene pool. "save your righteous indignation for a culture who gives a damn...." Your attitude and lack of value and respect for human life will be dealt back to you 10 fold. Life is good that way and Karma doesn't forget.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Keyser

      Ah, another western elitist who chooses to shoot the messenger... Please read my reply above if you have the aptitude, which doubt... Oh, BTW, please f$$k off you twit...

      May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • Pete

        50 countries Keyser, really? How could you have spent more than a few months in each one and not be like 100 years old now?
        Time for you to fly off again isn't it?

        May 24, 2011 at 11:14 am |
      • Troll Pest Control, Inc.

        Let's boil this down for our twisted Keyser "friend" - there's one specific comment from him that exposes his ignorance, racism, and bigotry. It's the smoking gun to his hate and perversion. It condemns everything else that flows from his keyboard: "Please save your righteous indignation for a culture who gives a damn about their next generation, because Thais surely don't...". Note how Keyser defends this indefensible position with more bigotry and hate towards Americans. He confuses his frequent flyer mileage count with worldly knowledge. Goodness knows that ALL American's "are stupid" and "shoot the messenger" and that ALL Thai people "don't give a damn about their next generation". Don't give this bone headed Skin Head another thought - he likes the attention, like a 5 year old brat throwing a temper tantrum at a crowded Mall. Incredible how powerful self-delusion can be, here's a guy who truly believes that because he spent time in Thailand he's entitled to judge and condemn an entire nation and people! Having spent time there myself (loved it) I find it ridiculous that we could come away from our travel experiences with such profoundly different perspectives. When you look at the world thru $hit covered glasses, Keyser's small minded, dark, and hateful world view is the result. What a small, wee little man. Likely a $ex $lave VIP customer who justifies his perversions via the dehumanization of his victims. Even if that is not the case, anybody who condemns entire cultures without a second thought or nuanced qualification is no better than Hitler and his Fascist sheep.

        May 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  4. Ugh

    This is as opposite as you can get from following Buddhism.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • Keyser

      Don;t tell that to a Thai...

      May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply
  5. jimmi

    this kind of things happens all the time in Thailand. the poor sold the kids to pay off debts.that's the only collateral they have, otherwise the family will pay with their lives or beat up very badly. sad, but true my friend.
    it's a cruel cruel world.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
  6. jimmi

    i think Keyser means (Goddess) or something related

    May 24, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
  7. sara

    I swear all these nutcases who swear to celibacy end up abusing children whether it's priests or these creepy monks. uggghh

    May 24, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
  8. Been There Too

    I've been in SE Asia for several prolonged work sessions and want to second what Kaiser said.

    You who have never left the borders of your own state may not like it, and it isn't proper, or right,but the world is, just what it is. You have to realize that everyone in the world does not have the same beliefs and live styles as you do.

    You know, even though America is the best country in the world, it still isn't perfect. We have some pretty strange things going one here too.
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    May 24, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Sarah in Texas

      Just because something is does not mean it should be.

      Making the argument that, "it just is the way it is," is about the stupidest and weakest defense of something you can come up with. I don't give a F how acceptable or common the practice is – abusing another human being is never right. And sexually abusing a helpless, innocent child is disgusting. I wish you were here talking with me in person so I could punch you in the face. A hole.

      May 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  9. Pan

    I also used to live in Thailand, still travel there frequently, and have very close friends who are Thai. I was so disturbed by Keyser's comments that I had to reply. He obviously sees Thailand and its' people through a very warped lens. Thanks to those who had the sense not to believe his warped view! Like any country, Thailand has its problems, and some of them are pretty awful, but people like Keyser contribute to the problems, not to positive solutions.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • mike4326

      I agree 100%. I have been to Thailand many times.

      May 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  10. Laurel

    Using language like child pornography or child sex undermines the brutality of what is really happening to these children. Those terms imply complicity. There is no such thing as "child sex." It's rape. Painful, violent, frightening, devastating sexual assault. On children. And "child pornography" is chronicling these attacks on film and distributing them so that our most innocent members of society will be violated again and again and again. Call it what it is.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Sarah in Texas

      Agreed.

      May 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  11. Ahmed

    It is a big shame for Thailand people to place $$$ above the future of their childreen .what a shame.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • mike4326

      All Thai people do not place $$$ above their children. That is a stupid statement.

      May 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  12. Kum'on Ahwana-Laya

    It's a hard problem to lick but you can't lick it by being soft!

    May 24, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
  13. jimmi

    i can relate to Keyser, when you live in the country with so much corruptions, it's make you go crazy, frustrated, because there nothing that you can do to stop it. i can sense the anger in Keyser for this reason.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Jorge

      I know what you mean, when I was working in the Dominican Republic there were times I could barely keep from exploding from some of the abuses of power that I witnessed being commited. Unfortunately, my meddling would have gotten me embroiled in a controversy with the authorities (possibly getting me deported or arrested)and made the victims' plights worse. Many home-grown Americans live such coddled, dogmatic armchair existences that they would never be able to help themselves (or others) in most other countries around the world. These are the same people who will be too lazy to contact their congressmen or the State Department to express their concern that the U.S. is supporting/financing bad regimes.

      May 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  14. s

    Sick is what this practice is SICK! I have been to some of those countries and let me tell you the host government could do a better job of keeping those kids away from those sickos by giving them housing and education and having laws that penalize the parents for selling them to begin with.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
  15. JailThem

    The Thai Gov needs to set up a sting operation and send all these child molesters and perv to jail for 50 years and 100 lashes in public before that. This will teach them quick.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Marcos

      i would go with westeasttravel I have been using them for quite a few years and they are the chpeseat ,at the moment you can go to bangkok direct with thai air for a3424inc taxes i think you have to book by august 15th, a good hotel to stay would be D D inn on khao san road website is khaosanby.com but hard to get reply another would be asia rooms which list hotels and their reviews hope this helps

      October 14, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
  16. Eddie

    Sawasdee krub keyser. Koon NGO mak. Jing jing. Hoop pak edok. Oh, I guess Ive spent some time in Thailand. And guess what? Your an IDIOT. Thai can be just as loving and good parent, if not better, then any in USA. There is trafficing and sex slavery in USA as well in case your not aware.

    You try to shame Thailand by saying "Siam used to have legal slavery. That didn't make it morally right!" HELLO!! No place had more slavery the good old USA. No place is more xenophobic then USA, and you think black/latino/gay/ and any other minority has ful rights? USA loves to scream freedom...yet takes it away at every turn and throws around bible or some other dumb ass excuse to take away freedom of others who are not the same as yourself. You are an ambarassment to America. The fact that a few bad people do something very bad doesnt make a society bad. Thai are most corrupt of any place you have been? Have you looked at American political system? Notice American corporations avoiding their taxes...executives getting bonuses while laying off workers...list is too long I can write all day. No place is more corrupt then HERE, look in your own nest before crapping in someone elses home. Jackass

    From an American who is not bigot and has his eyes open

    May 24, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • John D

      Your English clearly gives away the fact that you are NOT an American. Your English isn't terrible (better than that of many uneducated Americans), but it certainly isn't American English.

      May 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • Eddie

        Really? I guess you are an English Professor or similar? Excuse me..I guess you all corn eatting good 'ol boy all american types know best! Im sure you must rake in the cash from your amazing ability to tell race/national origin...maybe weight/age/sex/ too?...from a few printed words. AMAZING! Silly me, I thought I had used "proper" English.So much for the American education system huh? Better write to Monroe/Woodburry Harriman/Pine tree Elementary school (who could invent such a school name?) and Plymouth/Carver Middle and High schools to complain about my piss poor writting skills.

        May 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
      • Eddie

        Pres. Obama isnt an 'merican either. Yo Joe, birthers rule!

        May 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Eddie

        Well the Obama part was facitious. Any boob can see he's an American...unlike that pillsbury dough boy Newt Gingrich who isnt even human let alone American. But hey!!! Thanks for the completely off topic shout out about by awfull spelling. Hope my Thai was more acceptable.

        May 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  17. HPNIII

    While this is a good arrest,however the key to stopping this activity is to stop it from the demand side. It should be automatic life with no parole for the sexual abuse of these children.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply
  18. Maurice

    The funny thing is I see all these Americans saying it is wrong to do this to children, yet who do Americans admire most? People like Thomas Jefferson – known to have had sexual relations with a 15 year old slave – yeah somebody who could NOT consent because she was PROPERTY – Thomas Jefferson, one of the "Good Founding Fathers" or this great counry. Not to mention all the other ones who owned and sexually abused underage slaves. Then there is Elvis Presley "King of Rock n Roll" who, when in his 20's, was doing a 14 year old Priscilla. Jerry Lee Lewis who did his 12 year old cousin. R Kelly – one of America's favorites, who made a video of himself urinating on a 14 year old girl. MICHAEL JACKSON – GOD to the American sheeple who even had an amusement park to attract children who he would then invite them over for "sleep-overs" – PREDATOR to the extreme. And what where American people doing? Pretty much begging Jacko to sleep with their kids because has been is their lifetime "IDOL" that they grew up watching on television. So do NOT take Americans seriously when they spout all that crap about how they had rapists/molesters/predators because they LOVE them and WORSHIP them every day. It may not make sense, but neither do the Assmerican sheeple who have no little to no integrity left to speak of – just a bunch of naive blabbering fools who's lives are ALL about consuming and paying taxes that ALL goes to Iarael, the pockets of their politicians and to the Military Industrial Complex.

    May 24, 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • HPNIII

      While there are I am sure plenty of reasons to hate Americans, I think you may be a little over the top on this particular issue.

      May 24, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • Jirjisu

        wow! what a beautiful view loved it You look so small urenndeath the tower Sis. Dropping some love for Tuesdays Travel, hope that you return the favor too.

        October 14, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Maurice

      I did mean "Israel". Oh, and BTW, this sexual abuse thing is not new to Buddhism. It just hasn't caught the medias attention like the Roman Catholic Church cases did. It must be a cultural thing. Regardless, you are going to have this kind of thing happen wherever you have people who are supposedly celebate because that is just NOT human. Alll that pent repressed sexual energy is gonna find an outlet somewhere.

      May 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • Enough

        Then perhaps they should let out "all that pent repressed sexual energy" with another CONSENTING ADULT – not an innocent child...

        and Americans weren't the only ones who "worshipped" Michael Jackson......

        May 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Lal

      Wow, way to make gross generalities. America certainly isn't perfect, but is any culture perfect?

      May 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • mike4326

      If you are going to talk about Thomas Jefferson and such, you have to put that is the proper context. At that time slavery was accepted and all over the world. There is NO proof that he abused any one. Also at that time people got married at age 14 and 15. Particularly girls. And there is ample proof that Thomas' brother had a sexual relation with the slave. No evidence that Thomas did. And most Americans despised Jackson. You obviously do not know much about America or her history. From your comment about Israel, lends one to believe you a muslim. And it is common knowledge that abusing boys and girls is accepted in islam.

      May 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Luke

      I should tell first that I'm an American. Second, I abhor all the people you mentioned. And I think anyone who follows them is idiots. Third, only a fraction (I'll admit, one damn big fraction) of our funds go to Israel. (BTW, Many Americans are moving to get rid of aid to Israel). about 55% of our money goes to OUR military. Another 30% goes to defective social programs. Foreign aid is about 3% at most, Israel .5% at most. And where you said we value freedom, a correction must be made. Americans value their own freedom first and foremost. Our politicians say otherwise, but they're politicians, so what do you expect. And one more thing. We put massive amounts of money in our military complex because we know that the person with the biggest stick gets respect. Every nation knows this to be true. Americans are not evil. We are human, just as much as the Chinese or Russians, etc. And that may be the root of the problem.

      May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • NellieO231

      For your information Maurice, Michael Jackson never molested anyone. Please don't repeat the salacious lies told by TWO separate families who were looking for huge payouts from Jackson. One got the big payout from Jackson's record companies insurance company unfortunately. That gave others the idea that they could make stuff up about Jackson and get similar treatment. The media loved the story and just worked it to death in an effort to sell newspapers and magazines. There just was never ANY proof of any wrong doing. NONE. Unfortunately, if you tell a lie often enough and long enough it starts to sound like the truth. But in this case it was not.

      May 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  19. Paul

    Peace, respect, and understanding to all.

    May 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  20. jim

    thai government is a hoot... these ppl practive value of family and virginity on their movies but thailand is nothing but a big sex-traffic industry just like keyser said.... so thailand u can go eff urself!

    May 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Eddie

      By your and Keysers broad stroke brush, all of Thailand is like this article. It is NOT and if you believe so, then all of america is catholic priest child abusing, crocked gov't, stealing corporations...you cannot condem a whole society for what a few do. Vast majority of Thai do not do this, just as vast majority of Americans dont support Catholic pedophelia. So grow up and stop slandering whole countries based on what a few do

      May 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • mike4326

        I agree. The negative comments about Thailand are being made by ignorant people. They know nothing about Thailand or her people. Watch TV a little and you can see documentaries about sex trafficking in the USA. I know a lot of Thai and thye would kill someone for doing this to their kids and they support the death sentence for people doing this to any child.

        May 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  21. FromOnePerspective

    Everyone's viewpoint is based upon experience. While Keyser's slam and generalization of Thai parents may be too broad and slap-dash, that doesn't mean it's completely wrong or that there are not many within certain cultures who accept this as a way of life. This is the world we live in.

    We all believe child predators are a disease that should be cut and cauterized from our world. Hiding our heads and refusing to hear the truth only allows the disease to grow in the darkness. Discussion and exchange of knowledge leads to awareness and solutions. We need to be able to talk this without the name-calling and drooling trolls. Just my opinion.

    May 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  22. mike4326

    The way to stop this is pop a cap on every adult head you find with a child. Do the same in Cambodia. Go in a place where they are holding and abusing children and pop a cap on every adult head!! If they would do this a few times, I guarantee you would see this kind of crap decline to the point of almost non existence.

    May 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • jimmi

      good point mike, crude but good point

      May 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Enough

      Agreed Mike4326.....and I'd love to be the one to do it....

      May 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  23. mike4326

    that is the only way to stop this. i have seen documentaries where children are stolen and enticed and then turned into sex slaves. either torture the adults to death or bullet in the head, no questions ask.

    May 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • candymann

      Well said this type of thing is getting out of control. it just makes me sad and depressed. Even though I dont agree with the way keyser said things, in some aspects I agree. But I like the way you put things simply, get in, get rid of them, and get out. Instead of wasting damn tax dollars on long drawn out trials that they often walk away from. Or go to jail and do a few years and come out worse than they went in, with more knowledge of how to avoid the law.

      May 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Will Iam

      The former prime minster of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, decided to take this approach when it came to drug trafficking. He vowed to rid the country of drugs in a matter of months. Rumor has it that the spark for this policy was his son becoming addicted to methamphetamines.

      Anyhow, as previous policies were ineffective due to local low-level corruption he changed the way drug cases were handled by set quotas for local police (punishing those who didn't meet them) and authorizing the use of deadly force.

      It was actually very effective- the price on the street of methamphetamines shot up from less than 100 baht to 1000 baht within weeks. Other drugs like ecstasy were simply unavailable as dealers were caught, killed, or stopped supplying.

      He later came under strong criticism from human rights organizations as so many people were killed- as many as 2000+ in the first three months. And of course, without a trial no one knows if those who were killed were actually involved in the drug trade or not.

      That's the issue with such a policy. It can be done, but there are a whole other set of consequences to deal with.

      May 25, 2011 at 2:08 am | Reply
      • Traveling Teacher

        Yes - Taksin was such a big man - that's why he was caught with so much corruption money. I believe the headlines when I was in Thailand reported shoeboxes full of money wrapped in duct tape. People who surrounded Taksin verified his corruption. Apparently, he only shot those who didn't cooperate with him. There were plenty of other crimes being committed under his watch - maybe those who were willing to pay got to play after all. The man fled the country instead of standing up in court. In the north, it is no secret that he continues to fund corruption - "If you need a job, Taksin will pay you." I can't say there was much real action on the prostitution scene while he was PM - and now that he's not, this sort of sting op occurs regularly.

        June 9, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  24. bick

    Keyser,

    You've got your work cut out for you explaining with any sensibility, sensitivity and common sense, your position. When someone asked what "admonished" meant, I had to stop reading. It sounds to me that you've been around the block. The Thai sentences themselves should say something of the social tolerance. For the same crime in the United States these people would've gotten 200 years if not life w/o parole. In Thailand, and many other countries around the world, it is a fact that life is cheap, and I think that's all you were trying to point out.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  25. Barry

    I’m impressed by the outrage and indignation of the public, regarding this matter. Such concern about the welfare of others—particularly those most vulnerable, such as children and the poor—restores my faith in humankind.

    Well done!

    I also commend the police in Thailand for breaking up this despicable enterprise.

    I sincerely hope that the Thailand government will do everything in its power to stop and prevent such abuses and to punish the guilty.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  26. Jack

    Thailand has got to be a pretty messed up place if BOTH Sagat and M. Bison are there.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • okra king

      It is also the home to Siamese cats.

      June 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  27. earp

    were it a Catholic priest, he would have been promoted by the Church!

    May 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  28. Gina

    Criminals like these need to be severely punished in public. For one, I will not visit the country of Thailand until the Thai government makes a solid commitment to curb this problem. As a parent, I am disgusted to know of such criminals, who, in my opinion, don't deserve to be alive.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  29. Buddy

    Wow. And I thought *Catholic* priests were bad.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  30. Gina

    One more thing, the news story never mentioned the children's parents or relatives being prosecuted. CNN needs to go deeper when covering multi-faceted stories like these.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • John D

      CNN...dig deep...you're kidding right? Has a CNN reporter ever even dug deep enough to get to the bottom of a sandbox?

      May 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  31. grandma

    Let's get a perspective. This is a horrifying practice. Who is paying to have sex with these.children? Go stand in the "district" and observe for just two hours one night. See the AMERICANS and other men from WESTERN nations forking over highly devalued Thai dollars to duck 12 year old.boys and girls. Then they go back home to their.cushy american jobs and wonderbwhere they will go next year for their two weeks. More perspective. Let those Americans.stay home and.volunteer at a kids shelter or rape.victim non profit for their two weeks...let's also believe.the.fact that for the cost.of engaging in senseless.wars the us westernefs could feed every man woman and child.in the world.for.ever. when the impovershed have to chose between food'medical care shelter.....yes...they sell one kid to save.the rest. Wrong? YES!!!!! JUDGE THEM? Don't you dare.....when you fill your car with $60 of gas next week and.take.your spoiled american brats.to their.soccer.practice...think of the.kids.dying from malaria..flies in their eyes....a treatable disease....thing of.the.people who must.make horrible.anguished choices because we americans.refuse.to conserve....lift a.finger to seriouly obliterate.world poverty....im sure you all think dropping.bombs.on.peopke is.the.solution...when in fact....poverty, hunger, child sex slavery will stop when we westerners take a stand against global poverty and. Hose to make.sacrifices on a PERSONAL level......just as those thai parents sacrificed their.children having no other choice.....get educated you ignorant people.....let he who is without sin cast the first stone.....how.much sexual.child.abuse goes on in your own neighborhood? Your kid's school....take a stand RIGHT HERE...stop pontificating about other countries when you don't.lift a.finger to help the kids living in poverty and.horror right.in your own country.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Enough

      ok grandma....why doesn't the parent sell himself/herself?? why destroy the lives and innocence of their own children to earn a buck?...you have children and grandchildren, correct?? would you do that to them?

      May 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
      • grandma

        No I would not. I have 7 adopted children who were all horribly abused before I got.them......the abusers were their parents......which btw were also victims of abuse......as were their parents...abuse is generational in western society.....not necesarily in theses cases......im just trying to point out that this complex problem is not the.parents fault......it is one of the.myraid problems caused by poverty and the unequal distribution of resourses......the entire worldwide system is so corrupt that the victimswho suffer most are on very bottom........we need to all take carenof.one.another and stop blaming

        May 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • Ariel

        try airline nekwrotflights from manchester and heathrow for around a3400hotels from octopus travel start at around a310 for a double roomdont stay in bangkok to long tho ull die of carbon monoxide poisoning get urself too kho samui or too phuket as soon as possible

        November 13, 2012 at 3:12 am |
    • saopaco

      Lighten up, Francis.

      May 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Eli

      I think this actually a rather intelligent post. Anyone can point fingers and say how cruel and horrid something is, but few will actually make the sacrifice and do what it takes to make a difference.

      May 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply
      • Ali

        You did not work on it, or can't do it.I work in the US for 5 years and back and work in a world class Ads agency in Thailand. I have seen and works on a lot of stuff. I agree Thai peploe and AE care too much about stylize. I make me sick everyday I hear their comment. They have not idea about design fundamental. Totally opposite when I work in the US, they strongly care about design principle no matter what projects are. All Typography are well structure, never let any un-editing work out to clint hand, because it show how civilize they are as a real professional not a student work.

        July 3, 2012 at 5:51 am |
  32. MSL

    I live in Thailand, currently. Been here for many years now. This is no news, but it is very sad news. It is common here in SEAsia. Selling children and underage sex. It saddens me deeply that this happens to very young children. I blame all the corrupt Thai Politicians and all the "DIRTY FARANGS" that come here for sex only.

    It is well known that you can get young boys and girls here. This country is over populated with these types of people coming here. Almost daily you hear of boys and girls working in Sex clubs, ( NaNa, Soi Cowboy, Pat Pong, Pattaya ). These places should be burned down. And strict laws and punishments should be dealt to those who commit these horrible crimes to these poor young children. Regardless of being Thai or one of the Farangs.

    The punishment here is just not severe enough for the perps! I say hang them, like the Swiss man in this video caught with two young boys. Hang him and burn him! Then return his ashes to his country. These sickos will find ways to get out and eventually come back to do the same crime! Please, Thailand, do something about this. It is long overdue that the punishment must fit the crime to protect the innocent.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Will Iam

      It's not places like Nana and Patpong that have issues. The real problem is upcountry in rural brothels where underage workers are the exception rather than the rule. The clientele is primarily Thai, not 'dirty farang' as you call them, and unlike in Patpong the workers cannot come and go as they please- many can't even leave the premises.

      The reason we don't hear much about such places is that reporting is difficult. They are generally not accessible, you would never be able to get recording equipment inside, and there is a very real danger as a reporter would be directly interfering with the core business of organized crime.

      May 25, 2011 at 2:22 am | Reply
  33. Bella

    This shamefull incident is not only found in Thailand..its all over the world..IM Fucking disgusted...Kill these ass holes... what kind of unknown animals are these people to sexaully assualts anybody???

    GOD: When the world ends; make these ass holes burn FOREVER>............

    May 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  34. Manny

    Even though I do not condone slavery or any other similar practice we should be aware of cultural differences and customs. What it may be considered wrong in our society it may also be looked at quite differently in others. We have no right to try to impose our points of view to the rest of the world just because we do not like how they think or behave.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  35. Stuart

    also, a monk is involved with human trafficking ?
    shame on him, an insult to us

    May 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  36. jorge washinsen

    Give the police credit for what they did even though it is like stepping on one cockroach.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  37. Paul in DC

    As a Thai person, I do not deny that these things occur. But at the same time, it is foolish for any person from any country to deny it's existence in their country / society as well. These atrocities take place because there is a demand for it – and if you look, those people looking for it / buying it – the customers – are not Thai. In the majority of cases they are foreigners – so to blame this as a societal issue for Thai people alone is itself misguided. Poor people will sell drugs, rob, cheat and steal and any other atrocity if it provides them with money to eat. It is best to address the root issue of poverty to make these crimes less financially palatable and things will begin to change.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  38. name

    they're not children, they're teenagers/adults

    May 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  39. Enough

    a 13 year old is still considered a child. and i've seen documentaries of children younger than that used for this sick purpose...

    May 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  40. Well..

    There is something strange about Thailand that can't quite pinpoint it. It seems to be very conservative and very liberal at the same time...

    May 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • Eddie

      You mean very conservative (like USA with right wing tea party anarchists, jeasus freaks who cant wait for the end of the world and judgment of millions of humans to hell)...and very liberal (like USA, giving food stamps to winner of lottery, handing out cash to homeless who take a crap on the streets, SS, unemployment, medicare/caid and plathora of other social programs)? America is the height of dual/split personality disorder.

      May 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  41. Arunnee

    @ Keyser.....E – Dawg !

    It's not " respect to the family" that causes this problem, poverty and lack of education are mainly the roots of child slavery in Thailand and the Thai government must deal with these 2 issues vigorously. Please get the fact right before you start talking stupid!

    May 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  42. May

    It dont matter what racist, country, or being you are..there are MONSTERS all round us and that is the reality.

    May 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  43. anupspam

    i think this is what the people meant that the world is coming to an end..

    May 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  44. Dan

    So where are all the Catholic-bashing atheists and Buddhists now that it's Buddhist monk who is acting like this?

    May 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  45. Brian Westley

    "So where are all the Catholic-bashing atheists and Buddhists now that it's Buddhist monk who is acting like this?"

    Oh, I'll certainly condemn the monk and other people involved; they deserve long prison sentences.

    At least these creeps weren't hidden away or had their investigations stonewalled by higher-ranking Buddhists, unlike what the Catholic hierarchy has done time and again.

    Happy now?

    May 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  46. USMCAmmoOki

    good, its about time. oh and look, this guy isnt being protected by his monastery and sent to a different place to abuse new kids. amazing.

    May 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  47. Jill

    Are you kidding me? After all he put those little boys through he only gets 42 years and the monk only gets 21? What is the justice in that? I don't care if he cooperated or not, those boys will never fully recover from this.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  48. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    So where are the rich people going to have sex with children now?

    May 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  49. A

    As someone who lives in Thailand and works directly against this issue, many previous posters are correct that this is a global issue: commercial sexual exploitation of children. Thailand and SE Asia is one of the 'centers' where the problem is quite serious due to the large number of vulnerable children and weak law enforcement and education systems, especially on children's rights. Yes, there are numeous cases of Thai parents/relatives/adults exploiting their children but this takes place in most countries and it's not due to the Thai culture but the corruption of values and the materialism/greed. The problem exists because there is a great 'demand' for it and while many people incorrectly assume that it's just foreign/Western offenders, in reality, there's also local demand as well as Asian offenders. With this demand and an opportunity to make HUGE profits, the people involved, from recruiters, pimps, traffickers and corrupt officials could care less about children. Most child victims are actually from neighboring countries, minorities or from rural areas facing poverty, abusive family/dysfunctional family or street children. While corruption hinder the work, progress is being made even if it is slow: revision of laws against human trafficking with provision of care and assistance to victims etc. Stricter and harsher punishment is truly needed but more important is the enforcement and implemenation of the law but given the state of the Thai police; this is not a high priority for them. Actually, very few states gives adequate or approrpriate sentences to offenders for the crimes they commit against children; this can be seen in their ability to travel freely to developing countries and abuse children at the destinations despite having criminal records for abusing or exploitating children. We need to send a stronger message to offenders and traffickers that they will be prosecuted.

    May 25, 2011 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • Will Iam

      A, this is a great summary. Nothing to add- just want to thank you for your objective assessment of the situation and your ongoing efforts to work against this issue.

      May 25, 2011 at 2:41 am | Reply
  50. Shin K

    I totally agree with Kyser. After travelling and living extensively throughout asia myself, I have to agree with him. Cultural values of rural Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, India and even Nepal are totally opposite from western values. Money = face in the 3rd world and developing nations. I could get quite graphic here in some of the sights i have seen in these countries, However what really makes me mad is that westerners think that this world shares a set of common values when nothing could be further from the truth.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:57 am | Reply
  51. soli

    see, western men. it is all about Christians and Christianity.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
  52. bushgirl

    No way a Monk!!! I am shocked, but then again he is only a man, these poor kids, I feel sorry for them, their families (or did they sell them????????? 86 years is too short, castrate the man so he can see the evidence of his wrong doing for the rest of his life!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply
  53. noatoks

    this is an internal matter that need not be blown out of proportion!!!!!!!!
    it is unacceptable, however, regarding issue circumstance, the ppl of Thai should take to the streets to wake up the policy makers.
    It all go down to Security at Home. i mean love and respec at home!!!!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  54. icompose

    I think what most fail to mention here are the culprits that prey on these families and their kids. Keyser is correct, however, his choice of words are not. He is not condemning a culture, he is speaking of the hypocrisy within different cultures, and speaking of which, let’s look at the issue of whom cause Thai’s to sell their children into sexual slavery – Dare I say white males...

    If the issue was Africa and the raping of woman during conflict there, I would say black males. But considering the relevant matters and sticking to the relevant discussion, I would have to say this, 'some' white males have to get help for their perversion for young boys and girls. Simply put, I have travelled enough to see how money buys the poor, and kids are not exempt from this horrific crime. It happens all over the world, and the guys that are paying the money, and next to nothing I may add, are disproportinately the previous mentioned group.
    I’m just saying it's food for thought....

    May 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  55. thetruthful1

    Some ridiculous statements on here. I live in thailand, have done since being relocated with my job. My girlfriend's family sold part of their land to fund her education, as do many other hundreds of thousands of Thai families every year – rather than sell their children to get more money as you might wish to believe. Kayser, if you knew anything about Thai culture you would know that kids are adored and doted on far more here than most countries, in fact so much so they are spoiled far too much in many cases. For example kids have priority along with monks to sit down on trains. Sure Thailand still has poverty and such cases as we see in this report do happen, but then the majority of sexpests and pedophiles caught in Asia are western; Americans, British, German, etc. FACT. Anyhow, the case documented here by CNN is far more common in Cambodia, India and Burma, and it should also be noted that the majority of child trafficking where kids are bought is through manipulation by organised crime mobs, I doubt it is ever as straight forward as "how much can I get for my kid", and if it is, then we as humans need to take a look at abolishing this antiquated monetary system that only seeks to oppress, abuse, maim and kill all over the world. We shouldn't be pointing the finger, but asking ourselves why stuff like this happens in this day and age.. If you really want to understand what it is like coming from a poor rural background in Thailand and educate yourself on the realities, then read some of Pira Sudham's work, in particular Tales of Thailand. Perhaps the US and the UK might consider coming to liberate Thailand!? They'd be far better off living like us wouldn't they!? Wow.....

    May 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  56. good will hunting

    I agree with Keyser,

    With no doubt in Thailand, child is a victim for sex slavery and sexual abuse. Children are easily abuse because they are innocent they trust people who exactly made them born. News about young girl was abused by her father usually found in the front page. I can count on it as one per week. It is a normal headline overhere as I know. It is very disgusted for me and make me sick everytime when I read it and heard story like this. Eventhough, I am Thai I am not come here to defend as thai and my country about this issue because it is a truth.
    I am very hate my own country for nothing change I am growing here with no hope for freedom I cannot raise to be a good girl and a good boy if my land serve me like this.
    People overhere are always selfish they think only about themself and their family they dont know even who live next door every student was taugth to be selfish and ignore other.
    They just give us how to pass an exam but dont know how to deal with an evil in our own house.

    Comeback to the main story, I dont know why Thai men and gay men overhere are very selfish and disgusting for doing with pure innocent.

    I hate them all including you guys who come here to Thailand because you need sex with children.

    What the god say to you when you born is he say go to Thailand there a lot of children waiting for you?

    you are all evil.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
  57. maria da siilva

    Now that some South American' s " paradises" are either too expensive or quite dangerous for middle age cheap gringoes, they are all flying to Thailand and the Philippines. There, life is easy, flesh very cheap and plenty of booze. I heard about a 67 years old guy engaged to a girl 19, who lives in one of several slams. The wedding is due to December 2011 .

    May 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  58. Muhammad Ali Farooq

    I did not enjoy such a hot news without blaming muslims and islam. I think we should declare Thailand islamic country and then read this news and start commenting. how is the idea.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  59. mariavmm

    It's very horrible!!!

    May 27, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
  60. Most Pedophiles are White Males

    Kelsey's has the audacity to talk about another culture when the true diseased culture is America. 90% of pedophiles are white males and many are American. His arrogance is not unusal becuase he feels entitled to bash other cultures because America is the protected culture. Especially when it comes to the deviant behavior of white mailes which has been going on for generations. America judges other criminals harsly for non violent crimes but gives pedophiles the lightest sentences and earliest parole because the majority of these sickos are white males.

    The audacity of Kelsey to judge others is simply because he is given the right to do so everyday by a media which clearly stererotypes every race except the white race. Article after article of minority crimes but rarely anything focused on whitel males and the horrible crimes against children which are committed everyday in America and around the world.

    These crimes go worst because white men are the men who will be judged for nothing! Not even when they continue to hurt the most vulnerable victims in the most horrendous ways. The media remains silent because it is taboo to focus on negative stories about white men.

    So people like Kelsey are immune to judgement because he knows he is protected by bigoted American laws and bigoted American media which only want to donwplay the epidemic in America and accross the world.

    May 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  61. ukkamsa

    this is very bad.so we will thinking about this case.thailand is very wild.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:12 am | Reply
  62. Konstantine

    Thailand is not the only Country abusing children, the Philippines is right up there with the worst. Recently, two Australians and one New Zealander were caught in child sex and trafficking through night clubs. I hope they get castrated in jail. Last month two Norwegians were sentenced to 20 years in prison for child trafficking.

    May 30, 2011 at 4:35 am | Reply
  63. john k

    36 year old male seeks 6 year old for play and naps siccos

    May 30, 2011 at 8:04 am | Reply
  64. Katie

    Check out DEPDC, an anti-human trafficking organization for the greater mekong sub-region. They are based in Mae Sai Thailand. If you do some research, you'll learn that many families are tricked into selling their kids into slavery, thinking instead that their children will be getting work experience and an education.

    May 30, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply
  65. Big Ben

    IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! Stop splitting hairs. People don't sell their kids in the US because they don't have to choose between the lives of their children.

    June 25, 2011 at 1:43 am | Reply
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