When the most recently anointed Miss Universe Singapore, Priyanka Annuncia, solemnly pledged her dedication to eradicate human trafficking in Thailand, digital murmurs surfaced amidst Thai netizens. Priyanka was hailed as the latest beauty to claim the 2023 Miss Universe Singapore throne during the final contest at the elegant Amber Lounge nestled in Millenia Walk on a crisp Saturday evening, September 16. Following the esteemed event, she disclosed her vow to combat human trafficking on Thai soil.
This gifted young woman, barely into her late twenties, harmonizes her entrepreneurial spirit with her love for personal training. Her intriguing academic journey delves into the realms of Business Law and Criminology, offering her a unique perspective on such matters. Priyanka’s profound wish to rally against human trafficking, particularly in Thailand, lights up her social media pages. Her Instagram handle @bodybypri bares her ardor for this grim issue in an August post.
She reveals, “Upon accomplishing a dual degree in law and criminology, my quest to bring a substantial change in the legal justice system began to take shape, specifically in the niche of human trafficking – Alliance Anti Traffic (AAT) Thailand. Thailand persists as a breeding ground for the appalling criminal activities related to human trafficking, which prevail on a disconcerting scale till today. My hands-on experience in private investigation over the past three years has allowed me to conduct inquiries, facilitate rescue maneuvers, and manage the reintegration of victims.”
The Singaporean beauty poured her heart out about her mission to eradicate human trafficking within Thailand in a candid tete-a-tete with Gold Coast Magazine (gcmag). When probed about her fantasy global residency, Priyanka exclaimed, “My heart would find solace in Thailand as its rich cultural tapestry amazes me. Owing to the warm and friendly tour, I am able to pursue impactful work – leading investigations and orchestrating rescues against human trafficking. Making Thailand my abode would allow me to commit my full resources to this noble endeavor.”
Thai netizens reacted in a flurry when Priyanka’s stance against human trafficking on Thai soil began circulating on Thai Facebook page All Things About Beauty Pageant (ฉันชอบดูนางงาม) on September 19. An array of sentiments flooded the online arena as her statements were interpreted as a slight to the “Land of Smiles”. Ironically, it was hard for many to deny the bitter truth etched in her words about the rampant human trafficking present in Thailand.
The crosshairs swiftly turned towards the Thai government for their lackluster progress in tackling human trafficking, leading to an intense debate among netizens. Some lauded the international beauty queen’s bold move while others questioned their own government, inciting responses like, “Brilliant! Hope this prompts our authorities into action, ” and “High time we brought the elephant in the room into the light.”
There were also concerns about the potential impact on international relations due to her explicit mentions and questioning the feasibility of her proposed action. However, the dominant conclusion was cheer and jubilation for the beauty queen, especially from devout Thai pageant followers who believe that Priyanka’s driven demeanor and fierce confidence could potentially crown her Miss Universe on the forthcoming November 18th final in El Salvador.
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