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Chinese pair arrested in sex-toy bust

Two Chinese nationals have been nabbed for selling contraband including sex toys and hemp oil worth millions of baht, according to police.

Thailand’s Action Taskforce for Information Technology Crime Suppression (Tactics) yesterday named the suspects only as Lee and Jan, saying the Chinese pair were arrested at a commercial building in Bangkok’s Bang Khunthian district.

Police seized large quantities of masks, hand sanitiser gel, temperature scanners, sex toys and hemp oil. The goods were estimated to be worth more than five million baht.

The pair allegedly told police the goods were being stored in the building before being distributed to online customers.

Tactics chief Pol Lt Gen Chavalit Sawaengpeuch said the suspects previously only sold sex toys but expanded to face masks and gel when the Covid-19 outbreak began.

He said both were charged with selling contraband items, goods of a pornographic nature and unlicensed cosmetics and drugs.

The Commerce Ministry has vowed to crack down on more than 300 online stores selling overpriced goods or unlabelled items.

Meanwhile, a Lao broker has filed a complaint against an online trader who failed to supply 650,000-baht worth of face masks.

Numaporn Patthanapongsathorn, a lawyer, said her client, only identified as Koong, brokered the mask deal for Lao medical personnel.

Ms Numaporn said Ms Koong ordered 65,000 masks at 10 baht a piece from Facebook user Mooh Uttamavedin in February. Ms Numaporn said Ms Koong is accused of fraud in Laos because she failed to deliver the masks.

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