We often think we’re safe when we are alone in a room by ourselves. However, there’s no way of ensuring one’s safety, especially not in the digital age. Our privacy can be easily violated with small cameras and often by the time we find out, it’s too late.
Thai actresses Pearwah (Nichaphat Chatchaipholrat) and Fon Sananthachat Thanapatpisal (Chamaiphon Thirasak) recently revealed they had been filmed in the changing rooms and toilets of a certain building. Although the perpetrator was caught, their videos had already been shared online.
On 19th September, the two actresses met with Thailand’s cyber police team to thank them for arresting their perpetrator. According to reports, the culprit is the admin of a fanpage specialising in hot news and events. The admin apparently sold the clips to make money.
Pearwah and Fon both took to Instagram to share their story and to warn off any more creeps. Both actresses explained they had been targeted in the GMM Grammy building in Asok. For Pearwah, her incident happened in October 2014. She had been at the building for an emcee job and was changing her clothes in the emcee room. “It’s a rather private room. Entering and exiting the building requires a card exchange but (the culprit was) still able to set up a camera (in the room),” Pearwah said. Fon’s incident, however, took place in the women’s bathroom. She thinks it happened during the filming of a series, going by her clothes and hairstyle in the video.
The actresses stated that there were evidence that they weren’t the only victims. According to Fon, the cyber police will continue investigating to hunt down the rest of the clips. Both actress stated they wanted to post about the incident to bring awareness to the matter. “The incident happened in a place where the actors go to work on a regular basis,” Pearwah said. “Therefore we want (to warn everyone) to be more careful. I do not want this to happen again.”
Fon and Pearwah had a warning for those who follow in their perpetrator’s footsteps. “Pornography in this manner is a criminal offence according to the Computer Crime Act,” Fon said. “The maximum penalty is either imprisonment for 3 years or a fine of 60,000 baht (RM7,500), or both.”
Both actresses have asked anyone who has information about the case to step forward. They hope to put a stop to the spreading of their clips and shut the case completely.