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11 December 2012 :: 10:12:28 am 69253

Raped Thai Woman Tricked By Brazil Traffickers

A 24-year-old Thai woman was invited to visit Brazil by a work colleague, but instead she got raped by black men and ordered to smuggle drugs back to Thailand or she would be killed. The Paveena Hongsakul foundation helped bring the victim back home. Thai girls are continually being victimized abroad by human traffickers, the foundation warned.
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BANGKOK – December 9, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: A young Thai woman narrowly escaped becoming an unwilling drug courier after she was tricked by a work colleague into flying to Brazil for a visit. After being raped and beaten, the victim managed to contact her friend, who sought the help of Mrs. Paveena Hongsakul, chairman of the Paveena Hongsakul for children and women foundation.

The victim’s friend told Mrs. Paveena that “Ms. B,” (alias), age 24, had been tricked into going to Brazil. After Ms. B arrived in Brazil, she was threatened and ordered to secretly smuggle drugs back to Thailand by packing it in her luggage.

But Ms. B had managed to send her friend a phone text message that said, “Help! I’m forced to carry drugs. If I protest I will get killed.” When Ms. B’s friend got the phone message, she was afraid that the drug smugglers would kill Ms. B, so she called the Paveena foundation.

Mrs. Paveena began gathering information and tracking down the victim, until she found where she was staying in Brazil. She then contacted and coordinated rescue efforts with Mr. Surapong Tovijakchaikul from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Pol. Gen. Pongsapat Pongjarearn, general secretary of the Office of Narcotics Control Board; and the Thai ambassador in Brazil.

Officials rushed to help the Thai girl. It was not long before Ms. B was rescued from her captors and placed in the care of the embassy of Thai kingdom in Brazil. On December 7, she was flown from Sao Paulo back to Thailand.

Ms. B told authorities how she came to be deceived and kidnapped. Ms. B works for a company in Bangkok, and during the holiday, a work colleague, “Ms. C,” (alias) invited her to come visit Brazil for a week. Ms. C said she was flying back home soon, and she promised to pick up Ms. B when she arrived in Brazil.

But when Ms. B arrived in Brazil, Ms. C was not there to pick her up at the airport. She could not find her, so Ms. B went to stay at the Omega Hotel.

The next day, Ms. B got a call from Ms. C, who said she was already back in Thailand. Then several black men were knocking on Ms. B’s door. They entered the room when she opened the door. The men then threatened Ms. B, and ordered her to transport drugs back to Thailand by hiding cocaine in her underwear and in her vagina.

There was a special bag for Ms. B to carry to Thailand, and when she got back to Thailand, someone at the airport would be waiting to pick her up. The men said Ms. B if not do what they said, she would be killed. Ms. B was so afraid. Then she was raped and beaten by the men.

But when she got the chance, Ms. B sent the phone message to her friend. Later, the Thai embassy and Mrs. Paveena contacted Ms. B, and she was located and rescued by authorities. However, the black men had discovered that authorities were coming so they escaped.

After the rescue incident, Mrs. Paveena said the victim’s kidnapping and rescue were only the tip of the iceberg. So far in Brazil, 42 Thai women have arrested and prosecuted on various charges, including drug trafficking and prostitution. Many of the arrested Thai women were victims forced into the illegal activities.

Ms. Paveena would especially like to warn young Thai females from poor areas of Thailand, that they should not believe foreigners who invite or ask them to work in their foreign county. The Thai girls might be tricked by a drug trafficking network that will force them to transport drugs. The Thai victim may end up being the one who gets arrested and prosecuted on drug charges instead of the traffickers.

The human trafficking and drug trafficking networks have already infiltrated Thailand, Mrs. Paveena said. The traffickers pretend to be tourists, and they deceive innocent Thai girls in many ways to get her to go to their foreign countries.

Once the Thai girls arrive at the foreign countries, they are forced into prostitution or being drug couriers. Ms. Paveena said another victimized Thai girl from Kalasin recently came to her foundation for help.

The statistics of the Paveena foundation reveal that most of the victimized Thai girls come from impoverished areas and have money problems. But again she warned Thai girls to please think carefully about any offer from a foreigner who promises a high-paying job abroad.

The victimization of Ms. B has happened to so many Thai girls, but this overseas human trafficking does not get much attention from the Thai media, which has been quiet about the subject, Mrs. Paveena said.

Mrs. Paveena said that she has described the criminal exploitation of Thai females to the leaders in the organizations that helped rescue the most recent victim. She added that there needs to be more information about these traffickers relayed to Thai people who have women relatives or friends vulnerable to exploitation because they do not know any better.

Mrs. Paveena is asking the government and every sector involved who think this is an important matter, to please help and find the solution, so innocent Thai women won’t become victims any more.

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