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DSI submits evidence of Victoria’s human trafficking involving 45 suspects

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Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers on Monday morning submitted to public prosecutors 72 files comprising 17,000 pages of findings from their investigation of human trafficking and procuring women, including from neighbouring countries, for prostitution linked to the Bangkok-based Victoria’s: The Secret Forever massage parlour.

Prostitution allegedly also involved minors working as sex workers.
Pol Lt-Colonel Supat Thamthanarug, director of the DSI’s Bureau of Human Trafficking Crime, led officers to deliver the case report to the Office of the Attorney-General on Chaeng Wattana Road in Bangkok at 9am.
The deputy attorney-general for Trafficking in Persons Litigation, Bodin Saensadee, said the case related to the second part of the DSI’s investigation into the massage parlour for offences committed in Thailand involving 45 suspects.
The suspects are staff members and others charged with conspiring to commit human trafficking and other offences related to procuring women as sex workers.
Bodin said the Attorney-General would set up a team to consider the case so a decision on an indictment could be rendered before the suspects’ final detention period expires on Thursday.
Last Friday, DSI officers submitted the first report in the case, requesting public prosecutors to indict seven suspects, including the parlour’s owner, Kampol Weerathepsuporn, 61, whose whereabouts are unknown, and six other alleged accomplices.
Supat said Kampol faced an arrest warrant but was believed to have fled the country without going through an immigration checkpoint. Authorities are trying to locate him and pursue his extradition.
The DSI and military raided the massage parlour in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang district in January and detained more than 80 women and girls suspected of working as prostitutes. At least 11 of the suspects were later found to be under 18.

Published : April 02, 2018

By : Kesinee Taengkhiao The Nation