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Police arrest suspected beggar gang leader

Mar 27. 2018
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By The Nation

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Police arrested a Myanmar man who was accused of organising several of his compatriots under 18 to sell candy and beg for money on the streets of Bangkok’s Huai Kwang district early on Tuesday morning.

Suspect Ae Myan Thong, 24, was arrested at 12.40am along with a basket containing 21 packs of candy and Bt47 in cash. Several children in his alleged gang were sent to be cared for by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, said Children and Women Protection Sub-Division superintendant Pol Colonel Jirakrit Jarunpat.

The young man was initially charged for human trafficking by forcing and procuring persons under 18 to illegal work with or without the persons’ consent.

Jirakrit said the arrest of the alleged beggar gang leader was part of the Royal Thai Police’s policy to crack down on all crimes, especially those in human trafficking victimising children.

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