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Viral Image Shows Sex Doll Found On Thailand Beach, Not Tourist Murdered In Maldives

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

A girl who went on a trip to the Maldives was found dead naked near the seashore. She was gang-raped and tortured before being killed.

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact

Newschecker ran a reverse image search, which led us to this Jordan-based media outlet’s report, dated August 24, 2022, featuring the same blurred image and stating that a nearly naked body found on a Thailand beach turned out to be a hyper-realistic sex doll.

Similar reports can be seen here, here and here, confirming that the viral image shows a sex doll that had washed ashore a beach in the Bang Saen district of Chonburi, eastern Thailand, on August 18, 2022. Officials identified the mysterious body as a hyper-realistic Japanese “AV idol” sex doll, according to the reports, which further stated that shocked beachgoers were initially left horrified and in need of police assistance after a “murdered woman” washed up on the shores of the beach.

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Result: False

Sources
Al Bawaba report, August 24, 2022
Daily Mail report, August 22, 2022


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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