British Couchsurfer Accuses Thai Host of Sexual Assault

Police officers at Bangkaew Police Station hear a complaint of sexual assault against a British couchsurfer Sunday in Samut Prakan.

SAMUT PRAKAN — A British man went to police in southwestern metro Bangkok on Sunday alleging he was sexually assaulted by a host he found through a popular online service.

The 24-year-old Briton told police via an interpreter that his host, a man named Thanaprasit, performed oral sex on him while he was sleeping at Thanaprasit’s home in Samut Prakan province, police said.

According to police, the British man said he found lodging with Thanaprasit through Couchsurfing.com, a site that connects travelers with locals to stay with. 

The man told police that Thanaprasit took him out drinking Saturday night. When the alleged victim woke up Sunday morning, he found Thanaprasit engaged in unsolicited oral sex, said Cpt. Kittiphon Polladech of the Bangkaew Police Station. 

The Briton immediately pushed Thanaprasit away, packed his belongings and went to file a police complaint, Kittiphon said. 

Thanaprasit denied the allegation, the officer added. 

Col. Peerapon Chotikasatien, commander of the police station, said Monday that police have not charged Thanaprasit with any crime so far. Investigators have taken DNA samples from both the victim and accused for testing, he said. 

“We are still waiting for the results of the forensic examination,” Peerapon said.

The Briton has reportedly left Bangkok and will return home to the United Kingdom next month, police said. 

 

 

Teeranai Charuvastra can be reached at [email protected] and @Teeranai_C.

 

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