Monday, November 19, 2012

Trafficking Victory in Thailand

Human trafficking gang, luring Myanmar women, arrested
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BANGKOK, Nov 19 – The Thai authorities today announced the arrest of a human trafficking gang luring Myanmar women into prostitution.

Anti-Human Trafficking Division Commandant Pol Maj-Gen Chavalit Sawaengpud said at a press conference that four persons, two from Myanmar and two Thais, lured three Myanmar women aged 15-19 into prostitution.

The victims were told they were being brought to work at a sewing factory in outer Bangkok but instead they were forced for prostitution in a massage parlour in the capital's Rama IX area. The gang forced the victims' families to pay Bt50,000 each as ‘ransom insurance’.

In a related case, a 32-year-old Thai woman was apprehended as a member of an international human trafficking gang.  

She lured other Thai females to work in Oman, telling them they would work as Thai massage therapists earning Bt100,000/month. A Thai massage business there was opened only as a front.

Gen Chavalit said Thailand will cooperate with the Omani authorities in order to arrest the ringleader and others still at large.  

Meanwhile, the Anti-Human Trafficking Division cooperated with the Pavena Foundation for Children and Women helping five Thai women lured to Indonesia by a Singaporean who promised massage therapist jobs to them.

The victims were forced to pay the man luring them Bt70,000 each and secretly tried to contact their families until they received help.

The Thai courts issued an arrest warrant for the Singaporean suspected to have already fled Thailand. (MCOT online news)

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