Teen busted for procuring young girls

Teen busted for procuring young girls

Kanchanaburi: Anti-human trafficking police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old alleged madam in Muang district yesterday, for prostituting underage children.

The arrest followed a sting carried out by police officers. A plain-clothes policeman arranged to meet an underage prostitute at a hotel. Upon being interrogated by police officers, the girl said she was working with a teenager whom she referred to as "Kaew".

According to the police, Kaew had posted several messages on social media, inviting men to have sex with underage girls.

Kaew, police said, is known to procure the girls on demand.

Kaew was apprehended by police in tambon Wang Yen in Muang district yesterday.

A preliminary interrogation revealed that Kaew had worked as a beer girl at several pubs, before she decided to become a madam.

Kaew lured girls -- most of whom are underage and came from troubled families -- into working in the flesh trade.

For every transaction, Kaew received a 300-baht cut from the girls.

Police said that Kaew used Twitter to contact the girls and arrange a rendezvous with her clients.

Separately in Suphan Buri, a couple have been arrested for pressing young women into prostitution.

Angoon Hengprasit, 67, and Kwanchai Polpikul, 30, co-owners of a karaoke bar in Sam Chuk district, face human trafficking charges after police, acting on a tip-off, arrested two young Lao girls at a hotel.

The girls said they received 1,000 baht each from their clients, of which a 200 baht "commission" had to be given to Ms Angoon.

Following the sting, police raided her karaoke bar and found many more young girls waiting at the venue.

The girls have been placed under the care of the provincial youth welfare centre.

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