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Fears of kidnapping force TOT to change chat lines

BANGKOK: -- Callers to 1900 telephone chat lines will no longer be connected with strangers under a new policy to reduce the possibility of kidnapping.

Callers will instead be connected with employees of TOT Plc, which operates the lines.

The move came in response to complaints from parents of about 10 teenage girls who went missing for short periods.

Teenagers have called lines such as "Chat Super Gik" to set up dates. But at least 10 girls did not return home immediately and it was later discovered they had called the chat lines prior to their disappearance.

Representatives from TOT, the Information and Communication Technology Ministry (ICT) and the Mirror Foundation, a non-government group that tries to locate missing persons, met last week to consider solutions to the problems posed by the chat lines.

The foundation had previously urged the National Telecommunications Commission and the Culture Ministry to regulate the chat lines after numerous girls went missing. Police found they had made lengthy telephone calls to the 1900 chat lines before disappearing.

As a result of the meeting, TOT agreed to start connecting callers to people employed by TOT instead of to anonymous strangers.

--The Nation 2006-08-14

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So what happened to the girls!!!!???????????????????

Fears of kidnapping force TOT to change chat lines

BANGKOK: -- Callers to 1900 telephone chat lines will no longer be connected with strangers under a new policy to reduce the possibility of kidnapping.

Callers will instead be connected with employees of TOT Plc, which operates the lines.

The move came in response to complaints from parents of about 10 teenage girls who went missing for short periods.

Teenagers have called lines such as "Chat Super Gik" to set up dates. But at least 10 girls did not return home immediately and it was later discovered they had called the chat lines prior to their disappearance.

Representatives from TOT, the Information and Communication Technology Ministry (ICT) and the Mirror Foundation, a non-government group that tries to locate missing persons, met last week to consider solutions to the problems posed by the chat lines.

The foundation had previously urged the National Telecommunications Commission and the Culture Ministry to regulate the chat lines after numerous girls went missing. Police found they had made lengthy telephone calls to the 1900 chat lines before disappearing.

As a result of the meeting, TOT agreed to start connecting callers to people employed by TOT instead of to anonymous strangers.

--The Nation 2006-08-14

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Fears of kidnapping force TOT to change chat lines

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BANGKOK: -- Callers to 1900 telephone chat lines will no longer be connected with strangers under a new policy to reduce the possibility of kidnapping.

The move came in response to complaints from parents of about 10 teenage girls who went missing for short periods.

Teenagers have called lines such as "Chat Super Gik" to set up dates. But at least 10 girls did not return home immediately and it was later discovered they had called the chat lines prior to their disappearance.

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What happened to the girls ??!! Presumably NOTHING - as NOTHING was reported ?!

And chat lines like "Chat Super Gik" - who started this up anyway ? And why were they allowed to ? Didn't anyone THINK FIRST that this could be a problem ?

And passing the ball to TOT - isn't that great ???!!! TIT

MalcolmL

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Fears of kidnapping force TOT to change chat lines

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BANGKOK: -- Callers to 1900 telephone chat lines will no longer be connected with strangers under a new policy to reduce the possibility of kidnapping.

The move came in response to complaints from parents of about 10 teenage girls who went missing for short periods.

Teenagers have called lines such as "Chat Super Gik" to set up dates. But at least 10 girls did not return home immediately and it was later discovered they had called the chat lines prior to their disappearance.

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What happened to the girls ??!! Presumably NOTHING - as NOTHING was reported ?!

And chat lines like "Chat Super Gik" - who started this up anyway ? And why were they allowed to ? Didn't anyone THINK FIRST that this could be a problem ?

And passing the ball to TOT - isn't that great ???!!! TIT

MalcolmL

Wouldn't have thought it was uncommon for teenage girls to go missing for "short periods"

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Another day, another giggle.

I love LOS, everyday is April fools day :o

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It doesn't sound weird at all that these girls are missing for a short period. It is a chat line to find dates or "giks". Maybe they just went away for a short sexual vacation since I'm guessing that is probably the goal of many of the callers to this type of chat line.

Also, if the callers are going to be connected to TOT employees, does that mean that TOT is going to have to meet up with these teenage girls now to satisfy them? Just wondering, it sort of confused me why to switch to TOT employees instead of just shutting the chat line down.

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Another day, another giggle.

I love LOS, everyday is April fools day :o

April-fools day is an understatement - I don't think there are suficient words in the English language to describe the sheer stupidity of the thinking behind some of the decisions made in LOS.

"it sort of confused me why to switch to TOT employees instead of just shutting the chat line down."

Why miss out on all that revenue - thats why the chat line was set up originally

Edited by Artisi

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So it seems the TOT employees will get more dates, with teenage girls.

That should please some TOT tech weenies! :D

And sooner or later, a young Thai girl will go missing for "a short time"

with a TOT employee... I guess not a big problem,

since tort lawyers are not well known here,

except as governmewnt lawyers sueing the press,

for telling verities. :D

Of course all TOT customers will now be paying

for TOT employees to chat with teenage girls.

This logic boggles the mind. :o

What about allowing parents to lock their phone lines against 1900 chat line access.

Or is that too much computer programing effort,

or just plain beyond the logic of the powers that be at TOT.

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The way Thais are with telephones, with not being able to even ride a motorcycle without having a phone stuck to their ear, I suggest they shut down the chat room and ..........

MAKE this UNUSED capacity FOR ADLS

Maybe that will ease up a lot of the problems on the ADS end [all over Thailand}

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I am not sure what the problem is--what they say the problem is or the solution to the problem!

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:o:D My Humble opinion is it will only make a little more work for the overwork employees at TOT. Mom, Dad, Guardian or who ever should be making the kids aware of the downside of the Chat Rooms; "ENOUGH SAID" Edited by BigSnake

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I don't know if I am out of line here but, isn't any move4 to protect the children in Thailand a good move?

I agree and lets face it and have you ever found a chat lines that was worse having.

Most of them are full of idiots and small talk.

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