The 14-second YouTube clip, which has already been watched nearly 100,000 times since it was posted on Sunday (22 July), shows a young man posing for a photo with a woman who its creator Nart Nontasak claims is a ‘ladyboy’.
Suddenly the man turns round and punches the woman in the face before being seen running away clutching a mobile phone which the YouTube user claims is her BlackBerry device.
Two other men also appear to be involved in the incident, which Pattaya Daily News reports has shocked many viewers. Comments in Thai below the video say the attack appears planned and, if real, is a crime.
Viewers say they hope the men are arrested and punished. It’s not clear whether the video was staged or if the incident is real.
Transgender people in Thailand are refered to using the word kathoey, which is often translated in English as ‘ladyboy’. However, the term is not an equivalent of the modern Western transsexual woman and use of the term ‘kathoey’ suggests that the person self-identifies as a man.
Kathoey work in predominately female occupations, such as in shops, restaurants and beauty salons, as well as in entertainment, tourism and the sex industry.
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