Horrible news reaches our shores from the normally paradise islands of Thailand. A local girl on an island of 100 people claims that she was gang raped for several years by no less than 40 different men. This would mean some 85% of the male population of the island, causing a great deal of stress amongst residents.
According to police reports, the girl, aged 15 now but 14 when the alleged rapes took place, was violated systematically by dozens of men in the small village. Her attackers drugged her whilst her parents were out working and then gang-raped her.
The story has caused great concern amongst the local population as it would mean that nearly every father and husband was participating.
An official of Tambon Loryoong, told Malaysian Digest that: “Local residents are ready to cooperate with police”.
Although the teenager did confirm that some of the rapists came from another island, most of the men involved would be from her own village.
To this news, the police reacted: “Think about children who live in the village. They feel stress as such a claim means their fathers may be suspects. Local residents here are generally close. It is really hard for them to believe such a large-scale crime could have happened in their neighbourhood.”
As a result of the story coming out, both the girl and her parents have now fled the island and were forced to leave their home altogether, feeling unsafe as they had received threats from other villagers.
The story brings back memories to the Pitcairn sexual assault trial of 2004, where a third of the male population of the had been active in gang rapes. On that small island in the pacific as well, the practice seemed to be upheld as there was little to no control from the outside world.
The trial in Thailand is set to begin in a few months. As always, we here at the Goldwater will keep you updated.