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Two men arrested in Thailand for selling illegal abortion pills online

by | Dec 12, 2013


By Dave Andrusko

thailandA story in today’s Bangkok Post reports that The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday announced a crackdown on websites found to be selling abortion-inducing drugs. Those drugs included Mifepristone (RU-486) and Cytotec (which is supposed to be used to treat ulcers).

The two men arrested were charged with selling the abortion-inducing drugs on nine websites.

“The websites operated for more than a year and lured more than 20,000 buyers who ordered the pills online, [DSI chief] Mr. Tarit told the Bangkok Post. “Many customers had addresses near university campuses, he added.”

Tarit said the pills were seized at one of the suspect’s house, which was also used as a distribution center.

According to the newspaper, the DSI and the Thai FDA carried out surveillance of the websites for seven months. Tarit said the two men netted around four million baht (around $125,000) per month from the illicit business.

The men were charged with selling drugs without authorization and violating the Computer Crime Act.

“Abortion is illegal in Thailand,” according to the Bangkok Post.

Categories: International RU486