Myanmar woman arrested for trafficking

Myanmar woman arrested for trafficking

Police find Myanmar workers smuggled in a mail van in Songkhla on May 14 this year. (File photo by Assawin Pakkawan)
Police find Myanmar workers smuggled in a mail van in Songkhla on May 14 this year. (File photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

A 37-year-old Myanmar woman was arrested earlier this month at a home in Samut Songkhram on charges of human trafficking and providing shelter to illegal migrants in an extended probe into a human trafficking ring, police said.

The arrest was announced on Friday at a press conference by the Immigration Bureau. 

The suspect, who was identified only as "Ms A", was implicated by a Thai suspect, Thanachai Mangthim, a mail van driver who had been caught transporting 13 illegal Myanmar migrant workers to the Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla in May.  

Mr Thanachai told police that he had been contacted by a Myanmar woman several times to transport migrant workers. He identified "Ms A" as his contact in photos shown at the Samut Songkhram immigration office.

The Songkhla provincial court approved the arrest warrant on June 17 and a combined task force tracked "Ms A" down to a house in Samut Songkhram where the arrest was made on July 4. Police also seized a bank account that showed around four million baht in annual cash flow in connection with the case.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (4)

GH Bank certificates grabbed up by investors

State-owned GH Bank attracted strong investor interest for its first savings certificate, worth 27 billion baht, with investors' intending to scoop up 8.35 billion baht worth on the first day of subscription.

07:33

IMF recommendations

Thailand should adopt an expansionary policy mix, including fiscal reforms and monetary easing to help support growth, the IMF said.

07:08

Modern trade remains jittery in Q2

Modern trade sentiment remained in the doldrums in the second quarter, as operators were still concerned about higher operation costs, the impact of political uncertainty, drought and the relatively low income of people living outside urban areas.

06:44