Austrian photographer chronicles lives of rescued children in Pattaya in new book

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An Austrian photographer debuted a new book about the lives, and rescues, of street children in Pattaya living at the Child Development and Protection Center.

Susanne Jakszus talked about the production of her book, “Misdeed”, at the Diana Garden Resort Jan. 23 with children from the shelter, volunteers, social workers and teachers attending.

Honorary Consul General of Austria Rudolf Hofer (right) listens to the explanations of author and photographer Susanne Jakszus.

Jakszus spent time at the CPDC over three years taking photographs of the children in their natural environment. Her book delves into the world of reality and awareness about the ongoing situation of sexual abuse of children and teenagers around Pattaya.

Group picture of all participants including the children whose pictures are in the book.

The morning consisted of a presentation by Jakszus about her new book and explaining what the photos meant to her. She addressed the audience about the long process of putting together the richly illustrated book, which she hopes will raise awareness that despite all the tragic circumstances the children faced, there is always help available from places such as the CPDC.

Children featured in the book proudly show off their pages.

Having worked extensively as a photographer for many years, Jakszus was able to combine her love of photography with her passion for writing. She also acknowledged the support of Nik Theonen in putting the book together.

Many of the children featured in the book were present and seemed to really enjoy seeing the photographs.