A 26-year-old Chinese national has been arrested in Pattaya on Tuesday for allegedly raping and blackmailing a Chinese businesswoman with a clip he had taken of the crime.
The unnamed victim, also 26 years old, accuses the suspect not only of having sexual intercourse with her against her will but repeatedly blackmailing her with the video and threatening to publish the footage on social media.
The suspect, Mr Li Weibin from China, was detained at his rented room at the Centric Sea condominium on Pattaya Second Road in a sting operation at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.
Police had earlier prepared 50,000 Baht in cash for the victim to hand over to the suspect and photocopied all the banknotes before using the evidence to arrest the alleged rapist and extortionist.
Pattaya police said Mr Li had recorded himself having sex with the woman and then used the embarrassing clip to repeatedly blackmail her.
The unnamed Chinese woman earlier told police she had arrived in Pattaya on business some time ago and got to know Mr Li only in the resort city. She claims she was somehow “fooled” into getting raped by her compatriot who recorded the act and used the clip to extort money from her “several times.”
When he now demanded her to pay another 50,000 Baht hush-money in order not to release the footage online she decided to seek assistance from the police.