Lured to a hotel room by teenage girls, the poor man was tortured with electric shocks until he revealed his ATM number.
Photo above shows an attempt to disguise identity while withdrawing ransom money from an ATM in the recent kidnapping of the son of a fishball shop owner at Yingcharoen Market, Pathum Thani.
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Cops save 52 Burmese, nab kidnappers, Over 500,000 baht is seized in house raids by Wassayos Ngamkham and Piyarach Chongcharoen
Police have rescued 52 illegal Burmese workers from two houses in Suphan Buri and arrested two Burmese nationals and four other Thais for allegedly illegally detaining them for ransom
The rescue operation was carried out by the Anti-Human Trafficking Division police team following a complaint by a Burmese woman that her daughter and her son-in-law had been kidnapped by a gang for a 36,000 baht ransom.
In her complaint through the Thai Allied Committee with Desegregated Burma Foundation, the Burmese woman, Ma Te Te, 41, said her daughter and son-in-law had entered Thailand with the help of a Burmese broker, Soe Aung Thui, 25.
On entering Thailand, Soe Aung Thui allegedly detained her daughter and son-in-law before telephoning her and asking her to pay him 36,000 baht in exchange for the pair's freedom.
The Burmese woman told the police she managed to bargain the ransom down to 15,000 baht and had transferred the money to the gang's bank account
She sought help from the foundation after the gang refused to free the two and demanded more money
Police said they arranged for Soe Aung Thui to make an appointment with the gang at a jetty at Soi Wat Mon in Samut Prakarn's Klong Dan district with the promise of another 15,000 baht payment.
Police said Soe Aung Thui was arrested when he showed up with Ma Te Te's son-in-law, Ko Se, 24.
An interrogation of Soe Aung Thui led the police to two houses in Moo 1 in tambon Ban Sra of Suphan Buri's Samchuk district where Ma Te Te's daughter Sen Mo Mo, 21, was being detained along with 50 other illegal Burmese migrants.
The five other members of the gang who included four Thai nationals, Somprasong Thongprasob, 39, Komkrit Sarawong, 23, Ms Chamlong Thongprasob, 54, and Thanawat Techalue, 23, were detained during the raid.
Police, identified the fifth suspect as Ao Le, 25, a Burmese national. They said they also seized 531,669 baht in cash, two pickup trucks, mobile phones and documents from the gang.
In Kanchanaburi, police also rescued a man allegedly kidnapped and tortured by a gang from a hotel room in Muang district for a 180,000 baht ransom.
Sunet Sitrairat, 41, a younger brother of a second-hand car business owner, was freed late on Tuesday night after policemen stormed the hotel room
Police said Mr Sunet had left his used car tent in Bangkok late on Monday night to meet two female teenagers at a hotel on Rajapruek Road.
The two girls had been used by the gang to lure Mr Sunet to the hotel where he was allegedly detained and tortured by the gang using electric shocks to reveal his ATM card pin numbers.
He was later put in the boot of a car and taken by the gang to a hotel in Muang district
Police said they arrested three suspects at the hotel before being able to detain two others while driving the victim's car around town and catching them withdrawing money from ATM machines using Mr Sunet's cards.
Police, who identified the gang leader as Natthawut Tasue, 26, said the two gang members had already withdrawn around 180,000 baht when they were arrested
(Source: Bangkok Post, Cops save 52 Burmese, nab kidnappers, Over 500,000 baht is seized in house raids, 16/06/2011, Wassayos Ngamkham and Piyarach Chongcharoen, link)
kidnap (verb) - to take a person by force from their family, hold them prisoner and then ask their family to pay money for their return (ransom), another way to say: "abduct" (See Wikipedia)
kidnapper (noun) - a criminal who kidnaps people and "holds them for ransom"
ransom - the amount of money that someone wants to be paid before they will let a person go or give back a valuable object เงินค่าไถ่
hold for ransom - hold a person as a prisoner until their family gives money for their release
bargain - argue with a seller to get a lower price (for something you want to buy)
bargain the ransom down - argue with a kidnapper to get a lower ransom
detain - hold a person as a prisoner, control them and prevent them from leaving a place
illegal (adjective) - breaking the law ผิดกฎหมาย
illegally detaining - holding a person as a prisoner (which is against the law)
human trafficking - "the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, or a modern-day form of slavery" (See Wikipedia)
a spate of ... - when a large number of bad things happen in a short period of time
bizarre - strange and unusual, weird (surprising and not what you normally see everyday) แปลกประหลาดมาก
identity - who you really are
disguise identity - hiding who you really are from people (my wearing mask or using a false name, for example)
rescue - to save someone from a dangerous situation ช่วยชีวิต
nab - to catch or arrest a criminal จับ
illegal Burmese workers - Burmese workers employed and working in Thailand (but their Thai employers did not get official permission and permit from the government)
allegedly - claimed to be true, but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
complaint - when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
ally - a supporter (another country, person or organisation you are working or fighting with in a war)
allied - working together with
segregate - keep two groups of people or things apart and separated from each other
desegregated - when two groups that were kept apart are now joined together
broker - a person whose job or business is to bring buyers and sellers together so that things can be bought and sold (here people are being secretly and illegally bought and sold for illegal work)
X in exchange for Y - give X to get Y
freedom (noun) - the state of being free (when a prisoner is set free and no longer detained or imprisoned)
transferred - moved money from one bank account to another bank account
bank account - the place where money is kept in a bank with an official name and a number
foundation - an organisation that provides money for something, such as charity or social work มูลนิธิ
appointment - การนัดพบ, การกำหนดตกลงว่าจะพบปะกัน
make an appointment - agree to meet on a certain date or at a certain time นัดเวลา
jetty - a place where boats stop to let people get on and off (or to load or unload goods), also called a "pier"
interrogation (noun) - asking someone a lot of questions in order to get information การสอบถาม, การซักถาม
migrants - people who travel to a different region or country to live and work ผู้อพยพ ในที่นี้หมายถึง คนต่างจังหวัดที่อพยพเข้ามาหางานทำที่กรุงเทพ
raid - when the police forcefully and suddenly enters a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs or, in this case, fake passports ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย บุกเข้าจับ การเข้าตรวจค้น การบุกเข้าจับกุม, เข้าบุก
identified - named ระบุชื่อ
suspect - a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
national - a person who is a citizen of a particular country ประชาชน (example: a US national, a Thai national)
cash - money in the form of notes or coins เงินสด
torture - to hurt a person to get information or as punishment (cause mental or physical pain) การทรมาน
second-hand car - a car that has already been bought and used by at least one owner before
used car - same as "second-hand car"
tent - a shelter with a roof (made of canvas of nylon) held up by ropes and poles
used car tent - a business person selling used cars uses a cheap tent (to protect the cars from the rain) rather than a building as their showroom
X storms Y (verb) - group of soldiers or police X attacks place Y in order to get inside Y
female - of a woman สำหรับผู้หญิง
lure - make people go to a place or do something by using a trick (See glossary) หลอกล่อ
electric shock - electricity through the body (unpleasant feeling and dangerous) ไฟฟ้ากระตุก
reveal - to show, let some information be known เปิดเผยข้อมูลว่า เปิดเผยทำให้ปรากฎ
ATM card pin numbers - secret ATM password number รหัสผ่าน
the boot of a car - car trunk (the area or compartment in the back of a car in which things can be placed and stored while driving) กระโปรงหลังรถ
suspects - people that the police think might be guilty of a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
detain - to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
withdrawing - no longer taking part in something ถอน
withdraw money - get money from some place where you are keeping it (examples: withdraw money from the bank, withdraw money from the ATM machine)
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