Transgender group calls for investigation of beating by police volunteers

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A transgender-rights group appealed to Pattaya police to investigate the alleged beating by police volunteers of a transgender woman last month.

Thitinan Nakpor, director of Sisters Pattaya Foundation, submitted a letter to police on behalf of online clothes dealer Supichayanan Plananisong, 26, who was visiting Pattaya for Songkran.

A transgender-rights group appeals to Pattaya police to investigate the alleged beating by police volunteers of a transgender woman last month.

Supichayanan said she and several transgender friends were walking on Pattaya Beach April 21 when they were surrounded by volunteers who accused them of being prostitutes. Supichayanan claimed they tried to steal her identification card and push her into their car.

Supichayanan fought back, but was beaten badly by the men. After filing a police report, she posted details of the incident and photos on social media.

In the past week, however, there has been no progress in the case despite promises to treat the victim fairly and pursue the volunteers.

Thitinan accused the police of profiling transgender people, admonishing them not to assume any transvestite or transgender in Pattaya is a hooker.