Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Thailand - Thai authorities crack down on abortion-pill websites

THAILAND – The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday announced a crackdown on nine websites found to be selling abortion-inducing drugs including Cytolog, Misoprostol, MTPill and Mifepristone.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said the joint investigation and sting operation led to the arrest in Nakhon Pathom of two suspects – Somchai Sunancharoen, 48, who allegedly kept a storage facility for the drugs, and Wiroj Angkurawanit, 30, who allegedly ran the nine websites.

The DSI also seized from Somchai’s house 120 drug sets with instructions in ready-to-send packages; 2,008 pills worth Bt1 million (S$39,000); and empty boxes that once contained 30,000 pills, which had already been sent off. Tarit said the websites had operated for over a year and had catered to 20,000 customers during June-December alone, reportedly earning Bt4 million a month.

Source: The Nation/Asia News Network

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