HIV-infected woman searching for lost children detained after dispute with paid sex partner

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A police volunteer apprehended an HIV-infected Rayong woman trying to steal a bicycle belonging to a foreign sex partner she claims didn’t pay her the money she needed to track down two long-lost children before she dies.

Identified only as “Meekam,” the 37-year-old claims she only agreed to have sex for money because she had no other way to raise funds to find her teen-age boys or go home. Aware of the deadly risks she poses to sex partners, the woman went with the customer anyway. But she claims she was tossed out of his South Pattaya apartment without being paid. To get back at him, she tried to cut loose his bicycle with a knife.

Volunteer police seize the knife and bicycle, and detained this woman. Volunteer police seize the knife and bicycle, and detained this woman.

Police volunteer Sitthisak Tamtan spotted her with the knife around 3 p.m. on South Road and hauled her into Pattaya Police Station. There she recounted her tale of woe, saying she was dying of AIDS, her husband had been in jail a drug-dealing conviction for the past 12 years and that her mother-in-law took away her 15- and 18-year-old sons ten years ago.

She said she came from Rayong to find her kids in Pattaya to speak with them one last time before she dies.