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Volume 124, Issue 56A

Page 3
Royal Gazette

19 September 2550

As for the offence prescribed in paragraph 1, if it is committed by a person aged not over eighteen years against a child whose age is over thirteen years but still not over fifteen years with the consent of that child and the court later permits the two to marry each other, the offender shall no longer be punished. If the court permits the marriage whilst the offender is being punished for the offence, the court shall release that offender."

Section4.The stipulations of section 286 of the Penal Code, which has been amended by the Act Amending the Penal Code (No. 5), 2525 BE, shall be repealed and replaced by the following stipulations:

"Section286.Whoever aged above sixteen years lives on the income of a prostitute, even in part, shall be punished with imprisonment from seven years to twenty years and a fine from fourteen thousand baht to forty thousand baht, or life imprisonment.

Whoever has no other apparent means of living or has no sufficient means of living and falls under any of the following circumstances shall be deemed to live on the income of a prostitute, save where he provides a satisfactory proof that it is not so:

(1)being together with or associating with one or several prostitutes habitually;

(2)being accommodated or receiving money or other benefit furnished by a prostitute;

(3)intervening to help a prostitute in his quarrel or dispute with his client.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to a person receiving maintenance from a prostitute who is legally or morally obliged to provide such maintenance."

General Surayud Chulanont
Prime Minister