Danudetch ‘Nene’ Saengkaew
Danudetch Saengkaew is the owner of a fake modeling agency that allegedly facilitated the sexual abuse of thousands of children in Thailand and has been shut down. Saengkaew arrested in Thailand after his business was linked to a global child exploitation ring being investigated by Australian police.
He was grabbed at his home in Pathum Thani province, just north of Bangkok, on February 11 by the Thai Department of Special Investigations after a tip-off from the Australian Federal Police.
How old is Danudetch Saengkaew?
Danudetch Saengkaew is 28 years old in 2021.
Patron agence enfants mannequins arrêté pour détention de 500.000 images #pédocriminalité.Enfants thaïs mais aussi plusieurs pays à travers monde. #DanudetchSaengkaew,23 ans, a travaillé avec plus de 8.400 enfants mannequins depuis 2013 https://t.co/kFdRVJyG5I pic.twitter.com/Ar76dXIGXz
— Juan Carlos Hernández (@jchernandezjazz) February 17, 2021
Danudetch Saengkaew Thai Fake Modeling Agency
Danudetch Saengkaew was charged with sexually assaulting children under 13, taking away children aged under 15 for indecent purposes, and many others. Thai authorities said he was using the modeling agency as a front to access and abuse children, then record and distribute footage and images of the horrific crimes.
The alleged victims were all boys aged between six and 15, with many allegedly approached by the agent at their schools under the pretense of conducting a model search, according to a Channel News Asia report.
Saengkaew would then allegedly forge ties with the family before taking the children to his home office where they were abused and photographed. Nene Modelling was one of Thailand’s top agencies, the DSI said and worked with an estimated 8,400 child models and actors since 2013.
The agency produced materials for national advertising campaigns on TV and throughout the media and worked with many leading firms in the country’s advertising industry, according to local news reports.
Thai authorities told local media outlets the victims included Thai children and ‘thousands’ from other countries, including Australia.
Danudetch Saengkaew Arrested
Saengkaew was first arrested last May after Thai authorities searched the modeling agency’s headquarters while investigating the alleged activities of another man identified as part of a South Australian joint anti-child exploitation team investigation.
Police in Thailand said they seized several electronic devices with more than half a million files of child abuse material and charged the 28-year-old with possessing the illegal content.
Last week, Thai police searched Saengkaew’s home, which was also used as the offices of the modeling agency, and charged him with the latest crimes. A number of children’s costumes, toys, electronic devices and cartoon drawings allegedly used to groom and abuse his victims were also found by Thai authorities.
The international investigation – which started in Asia – has already led to the jailing of nine pedophiles in Thailand and Australia since May 2018, including Australia’s worst pedophile Ruecha Tokputza.
It also led to the identification of more than 1,000 child victims, including the removal of numerous children from immediate harm in Australia and overseas. Australian Federal Police Commander Peter Sykora said the latest arrest shows the impact of law enforcement agencies working together.
‘There are no borders when it comes to protecting children and investigations are ongoing to identify and rescue victims wherever they are located,’ he said.