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16 January 2009 :: 17:01:41 pm 9710

Pattaya Police Arrest Thai Woman For Selling Her 8 Year Old Daughter

A Thai woman, accused of being an agent of human trafficking, has been arrested in her shack on the outskirts of Pattaya. Police say she has been supplying young children to foreign tourists over a long period, including her own daughter who is now being treated in a psychiatric hospital.
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On 14th January 2009, a police team accompanied by a group of officials including Pol. Lt. Col. Preecha Somsatan of the Crimes Against Children and Women Suppression Division Region 2 and Mr. Supakorn Noja of the Child and Female Protection Squad, served Miss Somjai or Mam Prombut [29] residing at 123/147 Moo. 8 Houyyai , Banglamung, Chonburi with an arrest warrant from Pattaya court No. Jor. 2051/2551, issued on 22 December 2008.

Mr. Supakorn said Miss Somjai had been procuring young thai girls, less than 15 years old for middle to old aged foreign men. Each time she had received 500-1000 Baht from the customer and another 300-400 Baht from the child. She was accused of running this business for a long time

Mr. Supakorn also said that Miss Somjai had sold her daughter to a French man for sexual services when the girl was 8 years old and had continued selling her for 7 years. Sadly the girl is now in a psychiatric hospital in Nonthaburi [Srithanya Hospital].

The French man, Mr. Mr.Jean Claude Chamoux [then 56], was arrested on 25 August 2005 charged with the abduction of minors including ten children aged between 8 and 15. Further investigations lasting several years led to the connection between Mr. Chamoux and Miss Somjai at which point police managed to get a warrant for her arrest. She has denied all charges against her. Miss Somjai, an ex bar worker and according to the Bangkok Post, HIV positive, faces 10-20 years in jail and/or a fine of up to 400,000 baht

Mr. Chamoux, was released on bail but managed to escape from Thailand. He was later arrested in his room in France where police discovered many pictures of Thai children. The French police have requested the cooperation of the Thai police to issue a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Chamoux so he can be sent back to Thailand for trial where he could face life imprisonment.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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