Police in Thailand are hunting a man who has posted on Facebook a series of nude photos of himself standing next to road signs in the northern province of Chiang Mai.
Police Major General Pacha Rattapan, deputy commander of Fifth Region Police, said the Thai man, whose identity is still unknown, has greatly damaged the reputation of Chiang Mai city with his widely shared photos.
Special investigators are working with local police to find the man by checking security-camera footage in areas where the photos were taken and by tracking social media posts, the Bangkok Post reported.
Pacha said that when apprehended, the naked man would be charged under the Computer Crime Act, which bans dissemination of inappropriate or obscene material online.
The officer described the suspect as a “teenager,” a term that in Thailand is loosely used to describe people up to age 25, according to ThaiVisa.com.
Last month, the manager of an adventure bungee jump operation at Chang Mai was fined after a female model visiting from Hong Kong stripped off her skimpy bikini and made the jump naked.
The woman turned up at X-Centre Bungee Jump at Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, to perform the controversial stunt. (See: Bungee adventure firm fined after woman jumps naked). The woman said she needed the footage for her portfolio.
In that case, Thai authorities worked with their Hong Kong counterparts to limit the use of the naked woman’s images and video on social media. The aim was to protect Chang Mai’s reputation as a “City of Culture”.
Just as the fuss over the naked woman has subsided, however, the Chiang Mai naked man has burst into prominence.
Written by Peter Needham in Bangkok