A young British backpacker was abducted by motorists on her way to the shops at 1.30am on Tuesday 26th of May 2015 after an evening out partying with her friends. She left the restaurant where she was having dinner on the Nanachart Road in the Kanchanaburi district, 76 miles left of Bangkok, and decided to walk to the shops on her own when she was accosted by a group of motorists. The girl, 19, was then attacked and abducted, later to be raped by two men from the gang of motorists.
The abductors also stole her valuables and finally dumped her in a market in the Mueang district.
The victim was visiting the area with a group of tourists and stayed at a well-known local resort.
The two men have confessed to their crime, according to Police Major General Kamolsanti Klanbus, Chief of Kanchanaburi police and the victim is already back home in the UK.
There is a lot of diplomatic secrecy surrounding the incident as it is believed that it is a sensitive issue and could affect the tourism trade in Thailand.
The attack comes just eight months after British backpackers Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were murdered on a Thai beach. The couple had met as they travelled around South East Asia on a holiday of a lifetime and were targeted during a walk on the beach.
Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 21, were arrested two weeks after the semi-naked bodies of the pair were found.
The horrifying killings fuelled tense relations between tourists and the Thai government, after its Prime Minister claimed ‘beautiful’ British girls weren’t safe in bikinis.
Officials estimate 860,000 British tourists travel to Thailand each year, and the Foreign Office has warned of the dangers of the East-Asian country.
A travel warning says British nationals ‘have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by individuals and gangs’.
It adds: ‘Violent sexual assaults and robberies against both men and women are reported regularly.’
In such an atmosphere of violence, uncertainty and crime, it is advisable that British tourists, especially backpackers, use modern technology to counteract any possibility of being abducted, attacked, raped, robbed or even killed. The SnapMail app, installed free on any Android or iOS smartphone, will within seconds, take a picture of the attacker / criminal and email it to the user as well as saving it on the SnapMail website. If the user is also subscribed to the SnapMail Emergency service (which he or she is highly recommended to do) then five minutes later, if he or she is unable to do anything else because of further attacks, then their friends will be sent emergency texts and emails with a message to come to their rescue or contact the police. The victim’s geo-location will also be highlighted.
In the cases mentioned above, the 19-year-old’s abduction early on Tuesday morning and the murder of Hannah and David could have been avoided as the Thai police would have been informed on time and with prior knowledge of the young people’s latest geo-location, would have come to their rescue. Moreover, the victims could have warned their attackers earlier on about the impact of having their pictures taken and sent to the SnapMail website: this might have deterred them from committing their crimes.
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