Authorities were investigating a secret online group linked to a 25-year-old woman living in Phitsanulok's Muang district, whose new husband allegedly recorded a live broadcast of her molesting her three-year-old son, deputy governor Paiboon Nabutjom said on Friday.
News of the child abuse emerged earlier this week, leading to the rescue of the child and apprehension of the mother, while the unnamed husband evaded arrest. The woman was reportedly paid Bt400 (S$16.60) to make the clip for a secret group whose members must register and make payments to view live shows, including those showing young women in compromising positions.
Paiboon said the child was staying at a children's home and the mother was at another shelter in another district, while the Phitsanulok Human Security and Social Development Office filed a police complaint on Thursday to prosecute people involved in the case.
Paiboon also warned people not to take money for breaking the law on social media at the behest of any secret group. While perpetrators might assume no one would find out about such behaviour, he said, they were wrong because "there are no secrets and there is always a way to find out who is doing it and behind it". He added that the video made for "mentally ill people" had broken many laws, including the Anti-Human Trafficking Act and the Computer Crime Act.
Muang Phitsanulok Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Songpol Sangkasem said police were investigating the evidence to identify the people who had hired the mother. He said the case, involving violations of both the law and morality, was a sensitive matter, which prompted a multi-disciplinary team to join police in the investigation.
Songpol said police would file charges including for distributing pornographic material on the Internet in violation of the Computer Crime Act and human trafficking. Police had found that the person who hired woman did not live in Phitsanulok, he added.