The Metropolitan Police, in collaboration with the Police Cyber Task (PCT) officers, successfully located and apprehended Mr. Ekapon, also known as Prairie, a 29-year-old individual involved in "joint extortion." The arrest took place at a residence on Phetkasem-Tha Phra Road in Bangkok Yai District, Wat Tha Phra, while Prairie was live streaming online.
Investigations have revealed that Prairie, a transgender woman, employed Twitter as a platform to target male victims using seductive photos. Through chats, she enticed victims into sharing pictures of their genitalia, which she used to determine whether or not to pursue further interactions.
Upon receiving these pictures, Prairie resorted to threats, demanding money from the victims to prevent the exposure of their images on social media or contacting their spouses. The extortion amounts ranged from 500 to 1,000 baht per transaction, occurring multiple times throughout the day. The victims were coerced to transfer funds until reaching a total of 40,000 baht, which eventually prompted one victim to file a lawsuit.
Maj. Gen. Theeradet expressed the belief that numerous criminal organizations may engage in similar activities as Prairie. He highlighted the fact that some victims, fearing repercussions, remained silent about their abuse, with some even contemplating suicide as an escape from their distressing experiences.
In light of these circumstances, Maj. Gen. Theeradet urged the victims to come forward and report their cases to the public relations department. Clues and information can be provided by contacting him through the Facebook page Seub Nakornban IDMB - สืบนครบาล IDMB."