B463m more assets frozen in massage parlour case
published : 9 May 2018 at 16:10
writer: King-oua Laohong
The Anti-Money Laundering Office intends to freeze 463 million baht in assets of 11 people linked to alleged human trafficking at high-end Victoria's Secret massage parlour in Bangkok.
Amlo deputy secretary-general Romsit Weeriyasan said on Wednesday that Amlo's transaction committee resolved on Tuesday to freeze the assets for 90 days pending investigation.
The assets belong to 11 people, including Kampol Wirathepsuporn, the proprietor of the massage parlour, and his wife Nipa, both on the run after warrants were approved for their arrest.
The assets include deposits, securities, unit trusts, land, buildings and condominiums.
The decision relates to allegations of human trafficking of underage girls through the operation of the massage parlour in Huai Khwang district.
Investigators said a 12-year-old girl was brought from Myanmar to provide sex services at the parlour in July 2014 and she was later sent into prostitution in Malaysia.
A raid at the massage parlour on Rama IX Road on Jan 12 found about 80 women, mostly from neighbouring countries, believed to have been forced into prostitution. Among them were 14 girls aged under 18.
Authorities widened the investigation and later discovered that 20 state officials, including senior police officers, might be implicated after incriminating documents were found on the premises.