Police from Thailand’s Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppression Division, with the cooperation of Malaysian police, rescued two Thai women, one of them a 13-year-old girl, and two Indonesian women and arrested five members of a human trafficking gang involved in delivering women to Malaysia for prostitution.
One of the suspects was apprehended in Chachoengsao province and the second in Chon Buri. Three others were arrested after fleeing to Malaysia for temporary refuge.
Lt-General Pol Jirabhop Bhuridej, commissioner of the Central Bureau of Investigation, said today (Sunday) that police recently received a complaint from the girl’s parents, claiming their daughter had been lured to work in Malaysia , then forced into prostitution. .
Jirabhop said police immediately contacted the Foreign Ministry’s consular affairs department for assistance and managed to secure the release of the girl, who was returned to Thailand yesterday.
Commissioner said the youngster filled in a job application via social media and was then contacted by members of a human trafficking gang, who offered her a job at a massage parlor in Malaysia , with a salary ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 baht per month.
Tempted by the good money, she accepted the job and was smuggled into Malaysia through a natural border crossing in the Su-Ngai Kolok district of Narathiwat province, with the help of human trafficking gangs from the two sides of the border.
He also said the five suspects have all been charged with nine offences, which carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years if convicted.