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    Chiang Rai Aid workers 'abusing children'

    Aid workers 'abusing children'


    Tribal children in Chiang Rai are being sexually abused by some members of non-profit organisations working to educate these children, former Chiang Rai senator Tuenjai Deethes has revealed.



    Tuenjai, a member of National Legislative Assembly, said she was told that the number of victims was growing despite an official report about the issue.

    "Most of the tribal children, boys and girls, were offered a chance to continue their studies in town, withfunding and shelter provided, by these non-profit organisations. It is sad to hear that some people working with these organisations take advantage of the children's respect by sexually violating a number of them while in their care. Some children have even been raped," she said.

    "Most of the victims, aged from eight to 15, say nothing about what they faced due to fears that their education or financial support will be withdrawn," she said.

    "I believe there are many in the organisations with good intentions but some are not so good. Some even show photos of children on the Internet for commercial purposes. I am worried that the problem will develop into Internet sex trading."

    Tuenjai urged the Social Develop-ment and Human Security Ministry to step in, and called for inspections of shelters for tribal children and scrutiny aid organisations' activities.

    Juthamas Rajprasit, manager of the Foundation for Tribal Community Development in Chiang Rai, confirmed the problem. She said it was often found in Muang and Maechan districts, where a number of the organisations are operating.

    "From our experience, the victims refuse to reveal anything about what they have faced. They just asked to move to another shelter without giving a reason. Early this year, three children aged eight, 12 and 14 in Muang district were involved," she said.

    "Legally, we have rights to inspect shelters with more than six children, but we have only ten officials - not enough to cover all. This problem has had a low priority in the past," Juthamas said.
    Chiang Rai social worker Rungthip Nanthasarn said her office had received no reports of sexual abuse. "I believe the children would not be brave enough to report it after they had been violated," she said.


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    I am not surprised, the sexual abuse of hilltribe kids seems well organised, about the lowest and most vulnerable in status. Remember IT-manager? He's good for having some cheap shots at TV, but the background network which facilitates such rarely gets mentioned, there were some scary references to others in CM at the time, don't know if all this was deleted.

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    and the thai's could give a shit what happens to hill tribe folk. its open season on the kids

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    Fcuking missionaries.

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    ^ for damn sure,
    Always hear about some priest molesting a bunch of kids for years.
    Hear about sunday school teachers and church janitors.
    Seems like it is the bible backs that go against the book, kinda like is going on now with the Muslims.
    I have read a lot of articles about the mistreatment of the kids up there by missionarys in their bible back schools.

    They should get rid of the missionarys first, then worry about the illegal aliens, bible thumpers is doing more than just supporting the illegals.

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    Really sad this happens to these kids.

    These folks are focked around by governments and the kids are given no chance.

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    Since I first arrived here in Thailand, I have heard about the exploitation by missionaries of the poor, mainly hilltribe people.
    It seems to be a profession.
    Getting a call from God, going to save the poor, uneducated, drug infested, hiv infested, orphaned, heathen, sex workers.......of Chiang Rai.
    It is of course a very profitable business.
    Look at all the big houses with dormitories attached, filled with young girls and the new 4 wheel drive vehicles outside sponsored by Japan and other so called do gooders.
    I could go on and on about this.........it's just that these fcuking people really make me puke.
    May they rot in hell if there is one.
    Although a little bit controversial check out this site.
    The Akha Heritage Foundation - akha.org

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    I dont think they are all bible bashers though and I am sure the majority are good people.

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    Surely you mean the minority are good people.
    Most of the aid workers or so called do gooders in Chiang rai are either missionaries or have ulterior motives.
    I have never heared of people that come here without some sort of return.
    Every charity here has a price tag.

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    Are they all men?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily
    Are they all men?
    Here we go again...

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    Actually the majority of them are men, some bring their wives and families since the money they get is plentiful.
    Also we get some single girls sponsored by various churches and organisations.
    Some girls volunteer in local schools and universities, help unsuspecting teenagers with their English, befriending them and brainwashing with the message "God is good and will care for you" unlike your parents.
    The local universities here don't have to employ teachers, it's such a good place to get converts, the local churches offer them volunteer teachers saving them a fortune, which they can pocket.

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    ^ good question. No matter, it is a sick, sick world we live in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Here we go again...
    No, its not here we go again.

    The OP claims that all the missionaries are abusing children.

    What rot!

    He makes it sound like all these people, of whom I am sure there are some women, only go there to abuse.

    You should object to blanket statements like that too.

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    agreed Lily

    it is similar to the situation in the Catholic church in Ireland. There were a few priests using their position to abuse kids, they were certainly in the minority but what they did tarnished the churches name

    I am sure most aid workers mean well, even if they are missionaries, but their act needs cleaning up...more checks and more action if there is a suspected situation
    I have reported your post

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    ...more checks and more action if there is a suspected situation
    That's exactly where the Catholic church has failed miserably.
    Now, as for the Evangelicals who roam Northern Thailand, I'd be surprised if their was any kind of concerned overseeing body.

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    ^Even in the west though, you get many priests that abuse children, and people are only coming forward after many, many years to claim 'abuse.'

    In Thailand who is there to notice that kids are being 'abused' by the missionaries? No one I suspect. Sad it is.

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    Wasn't there a couple of hundred cases all ongoing in the States a couple of years ago against Catholic priests? I would hardly call that a tiny percentage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Here we go again...
    No, its not here we go again.

    The OP claims that all the missionaries are abusing children.

    What rot!

    He makes it sound like all these people, of whom I am sure there are some women, only go there to abuse.

    You should object to blanket statements like that too.
    You should read the first post before commenting on this issue.
    It came from a report from a Chiang Rai senator with whom I am in total agreement.

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    BTW. Shes a woman.

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    Here:
    Tribal children in Chiang Rai are being sexually abused by some members of non-profit organisations working to educate these children, former Chiang Rai senator Tuenjai Deethes has revealed.
    Last edited by stroller; 27-06-2007 at 08:46 PM.

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    some yes, but how many are some? How many non-profit organizations are there? Probably lots, no?

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    oh well BabyG, some is 42

    and there are many NPOs, probably 76

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    seems like nonces on holiday to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tayto
    You should read the first post before commenting on this issue. It came from a report from a Chiang Rai senator with whom I am in total agreement.
    I did read it, but isn't she in a better position than anyone to do something about it?

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