Pornographic webcam operation raided in East Pattaya

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1995

Three foreigners were arrested when police raided an East Pattaya home being used as a studio for a pornographic webcam operation.

Dutchman Ethan Marcel Christopher Janzwarts, 46; Slovenian Luka Zagar, 32; and Austrian Melanie Pirich, 27, were taken into custody along with Sakdadet Khumthuan, 34, caretaker of the Soi Pornpraphanimit 27 estate. Three additional Thai transvestites and two Thai women were captured in another of the five houses on the property.

At the time of the 5:30 a.m. raid, Laka was caught filming a pornographic video and Pirich, dressed in lingerie, was performing an online sex show.

Police also recovered 3g. of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Three video cameras, four laptop computers, sex toys and pornographic video files were also seized.

Police bring out for the press the 3 foreigners accused of pornography, along with tools of the trade allegedly confiscated from their house.Police bring out for the press the 3 foreigners accused of pornography, along with tools of the trade allegedly confiscated from their house.

Region 2 Police commander Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart said authorities were tipped off to the Internet porn operation by another foreigner.

Police said Janzwarts confessed to running the webcam operation for two years and claimed to be ignorant of the kingdom’s pornography laws, even though the webcam website itself long ago had been blocked from being viewed inside Thailand.