An Australian man was arrested today in Pattaya, Thailand after authorities uncovered the alleged sex tour he is operating where Thai women are allegedly being asked to have sex with foreign men on a boat.
The Aussie guy was identified as 49-year-old Stephen Carpenter. He was nabbed by Thai authorities at about 2 a.m. local time at a house in Saraburi province. Police said Carpenter was hiding from an arrest warrant issued on Saturday.
Police also said that Carpenter was far from being discreet that is why his illegal activities were easily uncovered. Authorities said that Carpenter posted a Craigslist advertisement on December 6 proudly promoting his “wild boat orgy” service and bragging of a complete, full supply of prostitutes.
The Thai police conducted a sting operation where a police officer posed as a prospective customer and answered the ad through messaging app LINE. The undercover police officer requested Carpenter to arrange the boat orgy for June 14. Carpenter then allegedly demanded a 50 percent deposit on the total charge of US $1,188. The police transferred the deposit then issued a warrant for the Aussie’s arrest.
Aside from the prostitution and sex tourism charges, police also said they have evidence that will establish that Carpenter also smuggled cocaine in golf clubs and bags from Thailand to Australia.
The police are complaining that Carpenter is refusing to cooperate when questioned about his activities.
Police also said the Aussie has overstayed his visa in the country, although that seems to be a light offense compared to his alleged grave crimes.
If found guilty of organizing prostitution, the Aussie faces anywhere from seven to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to US $1,200. Cocaine smuggling could add another 5 years of imprisonment or for a lifetime, with a steeper penalty of US$15,200.
It is not clear if the police managed to recover the money they deposited to Carpenter’s account as part of the sting operation.
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The country, however, is struggling with the ill-reputation of having a sex industry that’s a magnet for pervert foreigners. The government has been trying to deny and counter such “reputation.”
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