AHTD seeks warrants for S. Korean sex traders
Police are seeking warrants to arrest two Thai women and eight South Korean men after a 17-year-old girl was rescued from a brothel in Seoul on Saturday.
- Published: 22/05/2013 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: news
Phiangjai Phanplado, 43, the aunt of the victim who is accused of luring her niece into selling sex in South Korea early last month, is among those for whom police have sought warrants.
Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) chief Pol Maj Gen Chawalit Sawaengphuet said two suspects _ another Thai woman and a Korean man _ were captured on an Immigration Bureau camera at the airport as they took the girl on board a plane to Seoul.
The other seven suspects were found to have been involved with the same flesh trade gang.
As soon as the court issues the warrants for the nine suspects, the AHTD would seek cooperation from its South Korean counterpart to arrest the suspects living in Korea, he said.
A police source said the South Korean police were keeping a close watch on the suspects and would arrest them as soon as the warrants are issued.
Many Thai traditional massage shops in Seoul were run by Thai women and their Korean husbands as a front while actually being known to offer sex services to their customers, the source said.
Some Thai women were forced into working as prostitutes at the shops.
The AHTD has found another victim who was lured into prostitution in Seoul, Pol Maj Gen Chawalit said.
She was forced to work at a Thai massage shop called Wat Pho.
Meanwhile, the AHTD has arrested Chanya Phab-iam, 20, from Si Sa Ket, and two 17-year-old girls on suspicion of luring a 13-year-old girl into prostitution in Samut Prakan.
The girl's parents have filed a complaint with the AHTD accusing the three of luring the girl into prostitution by offering her a job as a dancer.
She was allegedly forced to sleep with customers, and was not paid.
Police say Ms Chanya admitted enticing the girl into prostitution.
She is facing human trafficking charges.