In Thailand, a young couple were arrested at a hotel in Bang Phli district late on Monday night for streaming their sexual activities online.

The 19-year-old woman, initially identified as Kainao, and her 20-year-old boyfriend shared their sexual exploits online via the OnlyFans website. They were arrested by police from the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau.

The couple admitted to producing pornographic content, according to cyber police, who described their behaviour as “very inappropriate”.

Police said they would not take legal action against the owner of the website, which only allowed creators to share content. The arrests were the result of the website being abused by content creators.

At a subsequent press conference, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai Klaiklueng, commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, identified the woman as Suthanya Nakhonjinda and the man as Korakot Sarirat.

He said they had started their illicit business in June and earned at least 500,000 baht since then. Video creators kept 80% of subscribers’ payments to the OnlyFans website, he said.

Both suspects admitted to the charge of producing pornographic content for sale, but denied the charge of putting pornographic content into a computer system for the public to see.

The first charge was laid under the Criminal Code and carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail and/or fine of 60,000 baht. The second charge was laid under the Computer Crimes Act and carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or fine of 100,000 baht.

On the second charge, Pol Lt Gen Kornchai said the couple argued that their content was posted on the website and accessible only by paying subscribers, not the general public. The commissioner said police were of the view the general public could see it, if they paid for it.

Police would ask the Samut Prakan court to detain the two suspects for another 12 days to allow further investigation, he said

Their behaviour was very inappropriate, he said. They even invited young people via public social media to watch their pornographic content, and  planned to show it on YouTube and Twitter, according to Pol Lt Gen Kornchai.

He confirmed that police would not take legal action against the OnlyFans website.

He did warn that any other Thai people who produced and disseminated such pornographic content would also be arrested and face legal action from the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau.

Pol Lt Gen Kornchai also said he was aware of the negative criticism on social media against cybercrime police over the arrest of the young couple. People posting severe insults against police would also be prosecuted, he declared.

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