In a chilling incident, two men employed as brokers for a migrant labor smuggling gang were discovered brutally murdered in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Their bodies, bearing multiple stab wounds, were found concealed in dense grass near Suan Ngam village in tambon Ratniyom of Sai Noi district. The gruesome discovery was made after the victims had been reported missing from a house in Samut Prakan the previous week.
Local police were alerted to the location of the deceased, identified as 24-year-old Phanphisit Sukdolphat and 23-year-old Mongkhol Isaman, at around 4 pm on Thursday. Both victims had been brutally attacked, with Phanphisit stabbed thrice in the chest, and Mongkhol suffering knife wounds on his back. Their legs and arms had been bound with electrical wire before being wrapped in blankets and discarded in the bush.
Following the filing of missing person reports by their relatives, police had tried to locate the two victims but had been unsuccessful. The distraught loved ones were unable to find any trace of Mongkhol and Phanphisit since their disappearance from the house in tambon Rachathewa of Bang Phli district earlier on April 21.
An investigation of the premises revealed bloodstains on the walls, and blood-soaked clothes and other personal items were found inside a plastic bag in one of the bedrooms. Neighbors claimed to have heard voices pleading for mercy on the night of April 21, further adding that the closed-circuit television cameras monitoring the property had been sabotaged, and their wires severed.
Phanphisit’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Wanatpreeya Prathumthong, informed the police that her boyfriend and his friend were involved in work arranged by a Malaysian man and his Thai wife. Their racket was smuggling migrant workers from Myanmar for employment in Thailand and Malaysia. The two victims cared for the smuggled laborers, providing them food and water, and were paid 300 baht per individual they looked after. The duo had been performing this role for approximately three to four months.
The initial police investigation indicated that eight men from Myanmar were possibly involved in the brutal killings. It is believed that the gang transported the bodies in a car and later dumped them at the site in Nonthaburi. The gruesome find is believed to have been orchestrated by a transnational human-trafficking gang led by a Malaysian man currently in Malaysia while his Thai wife, known only as Nuanchan, worked in coordination with other brokers to smuggle laborers into Malaysia. Her employees were men from Myanmar.
Although the authorities believe that the suspected assailants have likely fled the country, they are persistent in their pursuit of the individuals responsible for the horrific crime.