A Thai woman who claimed Cambodian traffickers were draining all her blood in order to harvest her organs made up the entire story.
The woman was among eight Thais “rescued” from Cambodia early this month after being lured into illegal work there by a Chinese call-center gang.
Out of that group, the most lurid story came from a 25-year-old Bangkok native Ariya Khomkratoke, who claimed she was assaulted and knocked unconscious with electric stun gun. During her subsequent detention, three bags of her blood were withdrawn from her arm. She thanked the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh and Cambodian police for “saving” her.
Thailand sent media hog Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, now the deputy national police chief, to the Ban Klong Luek border checkpoint in Aranyaprathet District of Sa Kaeo March 9 to receive the one man and seven women.
The joke turned out to be on Thailand. On Friday, the Royal Thai Police top brass, including Surachate had to sit in front of the media and lose face over the “fake news”.
Surachate said Ariya made up the story to cover her own illegal activities. She had been working with her boyfriend in Poi Pet conning Thais into investing and working in Cambodia, “Big Joke” alleged.
When the scam fell apart, Ariya wanted out and concocted a story by setting up a fake Facebook page in the name of a woman called “Naem” to make her lies look realistic.
She now faces three years in jail and/or a 6,000 baht fine for the deception.