The Brisbane-based charity, The Grey Man, which claims it is comprised of ex-police officers and special services veterans, placed photographs of the children on their website and Facebook pages and began an appeal for funds.
But says Bangkok-based investigative journalist Andrew Drummond, the Thai non-government organisation Trafcord and the Department of Special Investigations found that the children had never left their homes, had continued to attend school and had suffered as a result of the publicity.
At the request of the Australian Federal Police, a letter through Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs will seek a parallel investigation in Australia to focus on the alleged use of false advertising to solicit funds.
Claims against the Grey Man charity are appearing for the first time in the Australian media and are likely to become just as newsworthy in Thailand as a result of an article at andrew-drummond.com that reports fully on the hill tribe deception.
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