Thailand investigates Chinese tourist's sex attack claim

By Hoang Phong    February 20, 2024 | 11:09 pm PT
Thailand investigates Chinese tourist's sex attack claim
A boat cruises along a river in Pattaya, Thailand. Photo by Shutterstock
Police in Thailand have launched a probe after a female Chinese tourist claimed she was lured into a forest by a Thai man who sexually attacked her on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Chinese woman and her younger brother had been hitchhiking along Highway 331 in Chonburi Province when she planned to return to Pattaya, Khaosod English newspaper reported.

Two Thai men riding on motorcycles passed by and offered to give them a ride. They agreed and both sat on each motorcycle.

However, the man carrying the female tourist turned into the wild and forced her to get off the bike before tying her hands with a rope, she said as reported by Thailand News.

He then tried to attack her but was unsuccessful.

The man then spread lotion on her body with purpose of destroying fingerprints, before pouring gasoline on the meadow and setting it on fire before fleeing, she said, according to Khaosod.

Fortunately, she escaped and called her brother for help before reporting the incident to Thai police.

According to police, the site where the rape was reported is watched during the day, and outsiders are not permitted to enter or exit.

Police investigated CCTV footage and discovered that the female tourist and her brother hitchhiked to Pattaya on two motorcycles.

An investigation is ongoing.

Thailand aims to attract 8 million Chinese tourists this year, double last year's figure.

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