Sean Parlaman

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Person.png Sean Parlaman  Rdf-icon.png
(activism)
Born30 October 1958
Died23 November 2002 (Age 44)
Pattaya, Thailand
Cause of death
falling
ReligionQuaker
Victim ofpremature death
"The leading anti-pedophile activist of his generation"

Griffith Simmons Parlaman III, who often referred to himself as "Sean Parlaman", was an activist who sought to raise awareness regarding the trafficking and prostitution of children into Thailand. Yoichi Shimatsu termed him "the leading anti-pedophile activist of his generation."[1] Parlaman created websites to represent his projects, such as the now-defunct capcat.org.[2] He fell to his death in Pattaya, Thailand.

Beginnings

Parlaman was born in Los Angeles County, California, to Griffith Mead Parlaman (20 April 1923 – 22 October 1991) and Doris V. Simmons Parlaman (22 November 1923 – 11 February 2007). During his time in college he was able to secure government grants, to become a member of the Oregon steering committee of the 2000 Green Party Presidential campaign of Ralph Nader, and to get permission from Stephen King to make Stud City, a short, independent sequel to Stand by Me.

Sean Parlaman had a feud with Don't! Buy! Thai! accusing their campaigners of being fundamentalist Christians, right-wing bigots, and pedophiles. Don't! Buy! Thai! was a campaign initiated in the early 1990s by child welfare advocate and author Andrew Vachss to boycott goods and services produced in Thailand until its government introduced formal and practical reforms to significantly curtail the prostitution of children.

Activism

Mr. Parlaman moved to Thailand and continued his activism. For example, Mr. Parlaman wrote: "At an age when we would regard them as still being children, over a thousand young girls from northern Thailand are being lured every year into prostitution. Girls, as young as 10, are being sold to the brothels of Bangkok, other Thai cities and overseas." However, despite his efforts to raise awareness of local establishments' engaging in child prostitution, he was accused by those same institutions of being a pedophile himself.

Paedophilia charge

On 30 September 2002, living in Thailand, Parlaman was charged with molesting a 12-year-old boy, but released on bail by the local magistrate due to lack of evidence, as the sole incriminating evidence against him was a bruise on the boy's neck.[3]

Sudden death

On 23 November, after another accusation, Parlaman was to accompany police officers to their station for further questioning. Instead, he jumped, fell, or was thrown to the street from his apartment building in the city of Pattaya, thereby closing the applicable case. Mr. Parlaman was pronounced dead on the scene.[4]

Reactions

Before moving to Thailand, he was a resident of Ashland, Oregon and an avid supporter of high school athletics. Joel Smith, a First Team All-State Linebacker on the high school football team that won the 1998 OSAA 4A State Championship team, is quoted as saying, in response to his death, that "his commitment to the community and unselfishness in public service is a beacon of light in Southern Oregon and, in my mind, remain unrivaled to this day. It cannot be exaggerated how much he will be missed by those who knew him best."

Karen Money Williams, writer, editor, and longtime friend in Ashland adds: "Sean had a quick wit, a huge heart, and a rare knowledge of contemporary culture--especially cinema and politics. To be in his presence was a joy, an inspiration, and a challenge to explore the world with gusto."

Further reading


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References

  1. https://usahitman.com/askbmscpr/
  2. Archived index at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Foreign resident falls to his death from 15th floor of condo. Pattaya Mail. Vol. X, No. 48, Friday 29 November - 5 December 2002.
  4. Obituaries: Sean Parlaman. Ashland Daily Tidings.