Pattaya Daily News

02 June 2010 :: 12:06:29 pm 23424

Transnational Prostitution Network Uncovered in Pattaya

Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) police successfully arrested a key member involved with the illegal trafficking of Thai women for prostitution in Bahrain on Tuesday. The offender, a Thai woman, was arrested after a joint international investigation revealed her as a key suspect in the trafficking of 7 Thai women who had recently escaped the network and reported to the Thai Embassy in Bahrain.
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Pattaya, the 1st of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 5:00pm on Tuesday, police Colonel Surachet Hakphan (AHTD Superintendent) along with Lieutenant Colonels Thaweesuk Yaimeesak and Thanaphon Unruen (AHTD Chief Inspectors) successfully action an arrest warrant on Miss Sureerat Chaiphrom [34]. The arrest was made at the Royal Garden Plaza McDonalds where Miss Chaiphrom had been eating at the time.

At present Miss Chaiphrom has been arrested on charges of; collaborating with a transnational human trafficking gang and illegal kidnapping/detention of a person/s against their will. The warrant for her arrest was issued at the conclusion of investigations into the human trafficking of 7 Thai women to Bahrain, who had been deceived into leaving the Kingdom for legal work purposes.

The 7 Thai ladies had reported to the Thai Embassy in Bahrain, stating that they had been deceived into coming to the nation to work as housemaids, before being detained against their will and made to work in an entertainment venue as prostitutes. The 7 women told police that Miss Chaiphrom had been the instigator in the scam whilst her husband and several friends were further involved in an transnational human trafficking network. Airfares and visa were all covered by Miss Chaiphrom with an understanding that the women could pay her back after having started work in Bahrain.

Police Col. Surachet Hakphan stated that the Thai AHTD office had been in constant contact and cooperation with Interpol and the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs over this case and were pleased that the investigations have led to the arrest of one of the main players in the transnational trafficking network, known as “Mae Tack.” Allegedly, the network would receive up to Bt600,000 per girl when delivered to a customer, somewhat explaining how she was able to cover the extensive cost of 7 airfares and visas for the Thai women involved in the case.

A subsequent search of Miss Chaiphrom’s room at the Photong Court Guesthouse in Soi VC, South Pattaya uncovered her passport, which contained multiple Bahraini and Thai customs stamps, some of which coincide with the dates of which relate to the alleged trafficking of the 7 Thai women. Miss Chaiphrom continues to maintain that she had not done anything illegal and that the 7 women were fully aware of what they had been going to Bahrain to do.

International arrest warrants are still outstanding for several other members of this transnational human trafficking network, one of which is believed to be Miss Chaiphrom’s Bahraini husband.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Crime News

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