Brazilian Rape Victim Given 20,000 Baht Compensation

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BANGKOK — The government paid 20,000 baht compensation Thursday to a Brazilian woman sexually assaulted by a Bangkok taxi driver.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry handed the victim 20,000 baht, in addition to paying for her medical and travel expenses.

“I’m truly saddened by the incident, and I thank the police officers who did the hard work to arrest the perpetrator,” Permanent Secretary Pongpanu Sawetrun said.

The Brazilian national hailed a taxi at Don Mueang International Airport on Tuesday to take her to the Thonglor area. The driver, Kamkooncharoen Konchaturat, instead took her to Suphan Buri province where he assaulted her and then fled.

Kamkooncharoen, who was convicted of rape twice before, was arrested Wednesday and reportedly confessed to charges of abduction and rape.

He remains jailed after a court refused to release him on bail.

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