A text message conversation between an officer and a woman in a state quarantine facility in Narathiwat province has gone viral after it was posted on social media.
The conversation shows an exchange between the pair that took place after the woman had returned to Thailand from Malaysia and was detained at a government quarantine facility as part of the emergency decree relating to covid-19.
The messages show the officer asking the woman to meet and trying to persuade her to have sex with him despite her being under surveillance for coronavirus.
Initially, the woman doesn’t respond to the messages until the officer sends more messages, prompting the woman to respond eventually.
She asks the officer to please be respectful, informing him that she has a husband and to please stop messaging her.
However, the officer continues to proposition the woman, asking her to sleep with him.
The conversation was shared online, quickly going viral, and led many Thai citizens to call for an investigation into the matter.
Many comments pointed out that the officer’s behavior is not acceptable, asking how he got the phone number in the first place. People also mentioned that the woman was in the facility to prevent coronavirus spread and that the officer’s actions were putting people at risk.
A spokesperson of the Internet Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4, Maj Gen Pramote Phrom-in, said that he had recently learned about the incident and will investigate immediately.
He mentioned that he had seen the messages online, but because they were published from accounts owned by insurgents in the southern province, he dismissed them as “fake news.”
However, he continued by saying that if the woman involved would file a police report or inform an official about the incident; he could conduct a full investigation into the matter. He continued:
“It’s a complicated matter to check because the messages were posted anonymously. But I have ordered the unit in the inspection area to find out if it is true.
The victim should reveal the identity of the person who sent the messages so legal proceedings can be opened. If it’s just an anonymous message, the (insurgent) group is likely trying to manipulate the public and attack the army.”