The Thai woman who appeared in a degrading pickup video posted by British vlogger “Explorer Nick” has filed a report with Lumpini Police, who say they will share his information with immigration officials.
This afternoon, Coconuts joined Sawitree “Sky” Paotadaeng, the 29-year-old pharmacist who was approached and filmed — without her knowledge — by Explorer Nick (aka Nicholas Coakley) at Terminal 21 shopping mall last Thursday.
The victim, who appeared in a YouTube video with the nauseating title “Failed To Pick Up Black Girl In Bangkok | Asian Girl POV,” filed a statement with police declaring she had no knowledge she was being filmed, much less for a commercial purpose (the videos are sold to his “followers”).
In the footage, “Coakly” approaches Sawitree and tries to ask for her LINE ID, insisting her boyfriend “doesn’t need to know” — a cringe-worthy request she politely declines.
Pol. Weerawan Nakkala, who accepted the case, said that she will pass on Coakley’s info to immigration authorities.
Of course, you might be asking yourself right now “what could police actually charge him with?” After all, being a creep isn’t a crime, right?
Glad you asked. Pol. Somchit Muannmee told Coconuts that it may be possible to charge Coakley under Thailand’s computer crime laws. Posting content that’s likely to expose another person to humiliation, into a publicly accessible computer system, is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to THB200,000 (about US$6,200). Yikes.
“Explorer Nick” travels across Asia to make and sell what he calls “pickup videos” to his Patreon subscribers, who pay anywhere from $27 to $600. (We’re curious what you’d get for $600, as that seems like an incredibly steep price to watch a douchebag strike out at Thai malls.)
Coakley appears to be friends with David Bond, the notorious American pickup artist who made headlines in the past few years for doing the exact same thing. The two have co-starred in at least one video together.