3 arrested for sex trafficking of teenage girl
YASOTHON: Three men have been arrested in northeast Yasothon province on charges of luring a 16-year-old girl into prostitution and profiting from it.
Police from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division arrested the men separately in Maha Chana Chai and Kham Khuen Kaeo districts of Yasothon on Wednesday, Pol Maj Gen Wiwat Khamchamnarn, division commander, said yesterday.
The trio were identified only as Rinrada, 27, Thanongsak, 32, and Parinya, 33.
Mr Rinrada and Mr Thanongsak were wanted on arrest warrants issued by the Criminal Court on Monday for colluding to commit human trafficking and unlawfully profiting from a minor aged over 15 but below 18. Mr Parinya was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court on the same day for depriving a minor aged over 15 but below 18 of her freedom.
Pol Maj Gen Wiwat said the arrests came after police arrested another suspect for procuring a 16-year-old girl for the flesh trade. The extended investigation led to the arrest of the other three.
Mr Thanongsak and Mr Rinrada allegedly contacted the girl via Twitter and later took her to have sex with Mr Parinya in Yasothon for 1,200-1,500 baht each time. The duo allegedly took a cut and gave the girl 800-1,000 baht.
According to investigators, the girl also had many other customers that they arranged for her.
Meanwhile, police in Nakhon Pathom arrested a 41-year-old man on a charge of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl. The incident occurred in Kamphaeng Phet province in 2019.