Pattaya Daily News

29 December 2012 :: 16:12:47 pm 69917

Human Traffickers Hauled In By Thai Authorities

Suspects in three separate cases of human traffic were recently arrested. Once case involved a 25-year-old Thai woman lured into working at a karaoke bar in Japan, but being forced into prostitution by yakuza gangsters. The other two cases involved child begging and underage prostitution in north Thailand provinces.
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UDON THANI – December 28, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; The arrests of suspects in three cases of human trafficking was announced by Pol. Maj. Gen. Chavalit Sawaengpeuch, police commander.

The first case involved underage prostitution in a karaoke bar in Udon Thani province. The police inspector, Pol. Maj. Arthit Phoomthong arrested two suspects, identified as Ms. Saifon Srikhamtai, age 28, and Ms. Maliwan Sakpooth, age 38.

Ms. Saifon owns the Nongfa karaoke shop in Tambon Nong Mag, Amphur Nong Harn, Udornthani province. Ms. Maliwan was her employee who took care of the bar.

They are accused of human trafficking by seeking the benefit from prostitution using females over age15 but under 18 years old. They had arranged to deceive or use the underage females for prostitution, even though the underage females gave their consent.

The second case involved a Thai woman who had been tricked into going to Japan, where she was forced into prostitution. Pol. Col. Chitphop Tomuern, Superintendent, made the arrest of Mr. Samart Laoyarng, age 26, residing in Tambon Changklan, Amphur Muang, Chiangmai province.

Mr. Samart’s older sister, Ms. Ice Laoyarng or Malee, age 31, had previously been arrested in the case, and charged with deceiving Thai woman into prostitution.

The recent arrests came about after a Thai victim escaped from her captors in Japan and notified police. On June 19, 2012, the victim, Ms. Joy (alias), age 25, notified the investigation officer of the Center of Protecting and Subduing for Human Trade about being forced into prostitution overseas.

She told police that in October, 2011, she was persuaded to fly to Japan to work as a karaoke bar waitress by Ms. Ice, who worked in Sunshine karaoke bar in Ekao town,Japan.

Ms. Joy’s salary at the Japanese karaoke bar would range between 70,000-100,000 THB per month, said Ms. Ice, who added that she will also pay for Ms. Joy’s travelling expenses.

So Ms. Joy travelled from Thailand to Japan with Ms. Ice to work at the Sunshine karaoke bar. But after working there only a short while, Ms. Joy was forced to work at the Star Light bar in Togingi town by the yakuza.

The Japanese gangsters forced Ms. Joy to be prostitute, by saying she had to repay her debt of travelling expenses for 2.7 million THB. But Ms. Joy could not endure her conditions very long, so she escaped from her workplace to ask for assistance at the Thai embassy in Japan.

After being notified by the victim, the police followed up to arrest the gang of human traffickers with an accusation of together arranging for Thai women to be forced into prostitution.

The third case of trafficking involved Cambodian child beggars forced into begging in Udon Thani. Police arrested a 38-year-old male suspect, who is blind. He was identified as Mr. Haen, from Cambodia. He is accused of engaging in human trafficking by seeking benefit from children to act as beggars.

He was arrested with three Cambodian children who were begging at the bus stop in front of Nawanakorn hospital, Tambon Klong Neung, Amphur Klong Luang, Pathumthani province.

After his arrest, Mr. Haen confessed that the children were not his relatives, and he had brought them to be beggars at the location. So the officers arrested him to prosecute further according to the law.

Category : Crime News

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