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29 March 2014 :: 07:03:05 am 83508

Mrs.Paveena Raids South Africa To Help Thai Prostitution Victims

Mrs.Paveena goes to South Africa to help Thai women come back home, after becoming prostitution victims and victims of human trafficking.
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SAMUTPRAKARN – March 28, 2014[Pattaya Daily News]: At 12:30, Paveena Hongsakul,Minister of Social Development and Human Security , held a press conference after returning from South Africa, to help 8 women who were tricked into prostitution In Cape Town, and some of them were tricked into working as masseuses in Johannesburg, South Africa, the conference was held in room CIP2 in Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Mrs. Paveena said that after receiving a complaint from relatives of three women that had gone to work in South Africa,she would help them out because they were tricked into prostitution in Cape Town,South Africa. She and the related organizations raided Cape Town, together with the co-operation of the Thai embassy and Cape Town police officers. At first they helped only 3 women, as Thai and foreign brokers had fled. After auditing, they found that there are approximately 40 women who have been trafficked from Thailand to work in this manner. After which she coordinated with South Africa,to help with the signing of the MOU on combating human trafficking across the states, In Thailand the NATIONNAL OPERATION CENTER ON PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, would proceed to arrest the Thai brokers.

Mrs.Paveena added, she had also been coordinating with the Department of Special Investigation or DSI to help women who went to work as masseuses for a company in Johannesburg, they were tricked into work but did not receive the agreed payment, with this they helped a further 5 more women.

As for helping the victims the Multidisciplinary team and the DSI, would sort them into groups to see if they are victims of human trafficking or not, and if found to be a victim, the Ministry of Social Development will need to assess their physical and mental condition to see if they are ready to go back into society, the Psychosocial care will be sent to the victim’s houses but if they are found to be a risk, the ministry would find them a safe shelter to live temporarily and help them along” Mrs.Paveena said.

A (alias) aged 33, a victim from Pathumthani said, after splitting with her husband, she had to find a way to support herself and her child. She was unemployed when a friend convinced her to work in South Africa, as a Thai Masseuse and would be able to earn 20,000 baht a month. She decided to go mid- 2013, but when she got there,the employer, a 45 year old woman forced her into prostitution by taking her passport, and if she did not to do what they wanted her to do, she would have to pay them 300,000 baht, and if she escaped she would be beaten,she tried to find the way to communicate with friends and relatives in Thailand which was not delivered until the end of last year.

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