15-year-old rescued from family that tried to give her drug habit

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A local cable television reporter helped rescue a 15-year-old girl whose drug-addicted relatives were allegedly trying to force her to take methamphetamines.

Ronaprit Ontian, 38, brought the girl to Child and Women Protection Center Police Region 2 office to file a report against her mother and grandmother and to request she be taken into custody by the Social Welfare Department.

Ronaprit told police the girl – whose mother she’d known for a long time – showed up at her central Pattaya home about two weeks ago, asking to live there. She said she’d run away from her Soi Nong Hin home because her relatives were trying to force her to take ya ba so she’d stop complaining about their drug use.

Ronaprit Ontian is helping rescue this 15-year-old girl whose drug-addicted relatives were allegedly trying to force her to take methamphetamines. Ronaprit Ontian is helping rescue this 15-year-old girl whose drug-addicted relatives were allegedly trying to force her to take methamphetamines.

While the girl was there, Ronaprit said, Banchong Pansingh, the girl’s 62-year-old grandmother showed up with her 22-year-old boyfriend and two teenagers and tried to forcibly take the girl away. The reporter called police and the family fled.

The runaway girl told police she’d finished primary school grade 3, but was forced to quit school by her mother to work. All the money she earned, however, went to her mother’s ya ba habit. The girl said she complained often about her mother and grandmother’s drug use and, sick of it, the two addicts allegedly tried to get her hooked on ya ba as well.

Officers are investigating. Meanwhile, the girl has been removed from the home and is now at the Banglamung Children’s Home under caring and watchful eyes.