At Don Mueang airport, a woman was apprehended on allegations of human trafficking and cunning exploitation of two Thai women under the guise of well-paid massage occupations in the Maldives. Contrary to the promised jobs, these women found themselves ensnared in the grim reality of forced prostitution. The arrest was executed yesterday in light of a formal complaint lodged by the victims who managed to abscond from their predicament and seek refuge from the Thai embassy in the Maldives.
Pechanan, 29, utilized the power of social media platform, Facebook, to entice unsuspecting Thai women with a seemingly attractive offer. A Thai massage parlour job in the Maldives boasting of a lucrative monthly salary exceeding 100,000 baht was the bait. Two Thai women fell prey to this human trafficking scheme, travelling willingly to the island nation, oblivious to the nightmare that awaited them.
Upon landing, they faced the horrifying confession that their professional responsibilities were not in a massage parlour but in the sex trade, forced into entertaining multiple clients on a daily basis. The victims could not withstand such appalling conditions, and thus they mustered the courage to escape and reach out to the Thai embassy in the Maldives. The embassy played a crucial role in facilitating their safe return to Thailand.
Upon reaching their homeland, they reported this harrowing encounter to the Royal Thai Police. This led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Pechanan on August 24, with charges of “conspiracy to organize or transport someone for the purpose of prostitution and aiding and maintaining others’ prostitution business”. As the authorities discovered Pechanan’s plans to return to Thailand, they were prepared and immediately executed the arrest.
Caught in the investigators’ grip, Pechanan collapsed under pressure and admitted to the human trafficking charges during the inquiry. She was then transferred to the Special Operations Division 5 of the Royal Thai Police for further investigative procedures.
In related news that emerged a few weeks ago, a notorious karaoke club located in the Nong Ya Lad district of Kantharalak, Sisaket was stormed by law enforcement officials in their continued efforts to obliterate human trafficking and particularly the despicable child prostitution involving minors under 18 years of age. On-going investigations have unearthed startling revelations indicating that one such karaoke establishment was a hotbed for child sex trafficking.
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