A young woman who was simply drugged allegedly, raped and robbed on Koh Tao has warned fellow British holidaymakers to remain from the notorious party island in Thailand.
The 19-year-old has hit out at Thai authorities, claiming they tried to publicly discredit her and didn’t bother to accomplish an effective investigation in to the alleged attack which left her terrified.
Speaking for the very first time, the girl claims police didn’t offer basic support or forensic checks, and tried to cover up the truth to safeguard the region’s lucrative tourism industry.
She said the attack happened during her gap-year visit to June on a single beach where British backpackers Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were murdered in 2014.
But Thai police have claimed that after a study they figured no rape had occurred on Sairee beach as the tide was too much, an editorial in the Bangkok Post said.
The woman told the Times she was raped in the first hours of June 26, and believes her Coke and rum drink have been spiked at a bar across the waterfront.
A male friend who ordered a glass or two concurrently also became drowsy before blacking out, she added.
She said she left the bar and doesn’t remember anything in what happened afterwards until she woke up and found herself only partly dressed with a guy standing over her.
The woman said: “The following point I recall is getting up. My underwear and shorts were off me.
“A Thai guy was standing over me. WHEN I woke up he smiled at me and he became popular just.”
The woman said she had scratches down among her legs, burn grazes on her behalf knee that have left scars, and she was “in plenty of pain” and covered in sand.
She said the person stole her cellular phone, her cash and her charge cards.
She said the attack happened on her behalf yesterday evening on Koh Tao and she suspects she was targeted because she and her friends have been out drinking on the nights these were there.
The woman said she was terrified and she wished to log off the island just.
She said the rape was reported by her to police on Koh Phangan, however they refused to do this as the alleged crime didn’t happen on that island.
The officers didn’t perform forensics or offer any support, plus they didn’t have a rape kit, the girl said.
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She claims they only wanted to give her a police report so she will make an insurance claim on her behalf stolen belongings.
She said her T-shirt was stained with the rapist’s semen, but police on Koh Tao refused 3 x to simply accept it when her friend brought it in their mind.
A police investigation was opened the other day following the woman’s mum spoke out publicly.
But police have threatened to ban the young woman from Thailand, and claim she composed the rape allegation to hide sex with a British friend, it had been reported.
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Police on Koh Tao have told local media that no rape had occurred, and also have claimed she didn’t create a rape complaint – instead telling them only that her valuables have been stolen.
Surat Thani police commander Apichart Boonsriroj said earlier this week that officers would issue a summons for the girl to come back to the island and present evidence.
But her mum has said she wouldn’t let her daughter get back to Thailand.
There is really a three month time period limit where to file a police complaint following the date of the alleged crime – giving the teenager before end of September.
On, Thai authorities released 12 people on bail once they were arrested for sharing a Facebook post concerning the woman’s claims.
The group was accused of violating the country’s Computer Crime Act by sharing “false information that threatened Thailand’s security”, it had been reported.
The young woman has warned fellow Brits to pun intended, the picturesque island throughout their travels, calling it a “dark side” to Thailand where she’d never feel safe.
The Bangkok Post editorial took police to task because of their alleged failings through the investigation in to the woman’s claims.
It said: “You will want to treat the original complaint seriously and without prejudice and avoid persecuting netizens?
“The international community responds well to those who find themselves ready to be responsible and will lose face gracefully when necessary.
“The authorities continue making use of their myopic conduct at the country’s peril and will be well advised to understand behaviour in keeping with being on a global stage.”
Koh Tao, which means Turtle Island, has earned a reputation as “death island” or “rape island” carrying out a amount of attacks on young tourists or unexplained backpacker deaths recently.
Sairee Beach has been suffering from ten mysterious deaths within the last six years.
Unexplained deaths include British tourists Ben Harrington, 32, in 2012; Nick Pearson, 25, in 2014; Luke Miller, 26, in 2016 and Christina Annesley, 23, in 2015.
Russians Dimiti Povse, 29, and Valentina Novozhyonova, 23, died in 2015 and 2017 also.
And last, German Bernd Grotsch’s body was bought at his home deep in the jungle in the Mae Haad section of Koh Tao.
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