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Thai woman rescued from forced prostitution in Bahrain

Mar 26. 2018
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By The Nation

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A Thai woman has been rescued from forced prostitution in Bahrain, a deputy chief of the police’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division said on Monday.

Pol Colonel Mana Kleepsatabutr said the 29-year-old woman had been rescued by the Thai Consular Office in Bahrain on Saturday, and she was now staying at the Thai Embassy in Manama pending repatriation to Thailand.

Mana said the woman had been deceived by two Thai women into believing that she would be sent to work as a masseuse in South Korea, but that it would involve travelling to Bahrain to receive training first.

The two women took the victim to apply for a passport on March 12 and she travelled to Bahrain on March 20, after which she was forced into prostitution.

Mana said the woman had the opportunity to use the LINE application to send a message to her brother in Thailand last Friday.

The brother then sought help from the Damrong Tham complaints receiving centre of the Interior Ministry, which in turn cooperated with the Thai Consular Office in order to rescue her.

Mana added that police would arrest the two female brokers, who would face human-trafficking charges.

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