Irish glamour model, 19, faces a year in a hellhole Thai jail for raking in thousands from half-naked photos promoting illegal gambling websites

Jessie Vard, 19, from Donegal, moved to Bangkok when she was a child and has amassed millions of fans since becoming a model.

But she ended up in court after posing half-naked for a number of promotions for gambling sites which are banned in the country.

In the sexy snaps, she can be seen holding up her iPhone which clearly displays a website where people can gamble.

Some of the models earn the equivalent of tens of thousands of pounds a month for the racy adverts.

But Thai authorities announced they would be cracking down on the promotions before and during the World Cup.

Jessie was among 15 models, known as “net pretties”, who were named in warrants summoning them to appear at court.

On Tuesday, the model and four other girls turned themselves in at Bangkok’s Phayathai Police Station.

She confessed to violating anti-gambling laws, which carry a maximum penalty of a year in prison as well as fine of 1,000 baht (£24).

Vard apologised publicly on behalf of the entire group of models who allegedly promoted the gambling sites.

She said: ''I did not know that gambling sites were illegal. I apologise to everybody and accept my mistake.

“Please do not become involved with these sites."

The other models charged were Paradee Koosinsap, 21, Saitarn Yim-ampai, 20, Nirada Kuenongkun, 25, and Thanyakarn Lojin, 23.

They have all been released on bail and will be sentenced later this month.

Maj. Gen. Panurat Lakboon, deputy head of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police, said 1,115 people have been arrested on charges related to online gambling since May 2 this year.

Bank accounts worth more than a million dollars had also been frozen as a result, he said.

Police General Chalermkeate Sriworakhan, Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, added: ''Net idols or pretties who have online followers are not allowed to post anything gambling related or suggestive to gamble activities.

''Fifteen net idols are included in warrant calls for posting gambling suggestive posts on social media, including the infamous Miss Jessy Vard.

''During the World Cup there will be heavier patrols to check on pubs and bars near schools and community areas.

"Please enjoy the sports but don't be involved in gambling.''

Despite being illegal, the gambling industry – including sports betting, casinos, lotteries and cards dens – makes up the equivalent of billions of pounds each year in the country's underground economy.

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