Pattaya Daily News

31 January 2008 :: 17:01:52 pm 12096

Pattaya Family Values? Police Bust Husband And Wife Home Porno Studio

Police raided a home based pornographic film studio, run by a husband and wife team, who also starred in most of the films. Along with film making equipment, police confiscated a variety of evidence, including S&M paraphernalia.
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Pattaya – On 30 January 2008, at 5pm, Police Colonel Pairat Supasawat, Vice Commanding Officer, Chonburi and Pattaya Superintendent, Police Colonel Nopadol Wongnom, the president of ” Transnational Crime Coordination Center”( TCCC)  along with a police team, and armed with an arrest warrant from the Pattaya Court, went to house no. 380/66 Sooksabai Villa Village, behind the Land Department Office, Pattaya Branch, Moo10, South Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung.

An undercover officer knocked on the door and was greeted by Mr. Anthony Harvey Shaffer (59), who was clad only in a towel. Police presented Mr. Shaffer with Arrest Warrant 169/2551, issued by the Pattaya Court. In the bedroom, police found a very naked Mrs. Sudjai Shaffer (37), his wife, in bed. However, she was covered by a blanket. Police allowed her to put on some clothes and then proceeded to search the house.

 

Officers found 7.6 grams of marijuana in the living room. The living room was, apparently fitted as a film making studio. Among the items present were two notebook computers, two PCs, a camcorder, two digital cameras and sets of lights. In addition, police found seventeen, pornographic videos that were made in that very room. Most of the videos starred Mr. Shaffer and his wife; sometimes joined by various Thai women.                                   Also discovered were eighteen pornographic VCDs depicting sadomasochistic performances; various S&M paraphernalia, including leather whips, garments and sex toys. A stack of business cards with a website address (http://honeybee.escort2424h.com) was also retrieved. Police confiscated all relevant evidence, including a Toyota automobile, plate Number. Gor Ror-1976, Chonburi, with a total value of over one million baht.

 

Mr. Shaffer told police that he was a consultant for a private hospital in London and had been traveling back and forth to Thailand for about three years. He was married to Mrs. Sudjai and owned the house that was raided. He claimed that he made the movies for his own personal use, not for sale.

According to Police Colonel Pairat Supasawat, a police investigation had revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer originally made the films to show to their friends on their website. However, Mr. Shaffer, eventually, decided to make the films into a business and invested a large amount of money in film making equipment so he could show the X rated films on his website (http://honeybee.escort2424h.com).

He hired additional women to perform in his films. The women were also available for sexual services. If any customers were interested in having a liaison with one of the women, he needed to pay 5000 baht in advance, by transferring the money to Mr. Shaffer’s account; and fly to Thailand as a tourist.

  After interrogation, Mr. Shaffer confessed that he had run this illicit business for three years. Police explained that he provided many types of services: couple, group and S&M. Most of his women came from up country.

Police said that they had been investigating Mr. Shaffer’s exploits for quite some time before seeking the arrest warrant from the Pattaya Court. 

Police Colonel Nopadol Wongnom said, “There are more and more businesses like these growing in Pattaya, which are very difficult to catch because they do it at their homes, not in a shop or a bar, where we can have easy access. But, we have information about people who are running these kinds of businesses and we will clean them up soon. We want to improve Pattaya’s image as quickly as possible.”

Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer were charged with producing commercial pornography for distribution.
Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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