BANGKOK – August 17, 2012 [PDN]; at 1 p.m., the arrest of three foreign madams was announced at the Anti-Human Trafficking Division office by Pol. Maj. Gen Chawalit Swangpuech, commissioner of AHTD, and Pol. Col. Chitapop Tomuean, director 1, AHTD squad.
The arrested were identified as Ms. Notira Nakodgeiva, age 28; Ms. Golea or Gulnora Butaeva, age 50; and Ms. Asisa or Robiya Gerbonova, age 52.
They were arrested in front of Grace Hotel, Soi 3, Sukhumvit Rd, Wattana, Bangkok. The woman are all natives of Uzbekistan.
Police seized the evidence of a mobile phone, an income and payment book, and Uzbekistani passports.
The case began after the AHTD office was informed by the staff of the United Nations Office and Drugs and Crime that women from Uzbekistan had been forced into prostitution at the Grace Hotel in the soi Nana neighborhood.
The AHTD investigated the case, and contacted a victim, “Ms. Sonia” (alias), who told police that she had been tricked into prostitution. The victim was told by Ms. Notira and her friends that they had arranged a job for her in a restaurant in Russia.
However, the ladies then told Ms. Sonia that she now owed them money for finding her the job. So to raise money to pay the debt, the suspects transported Ms. Sonia to Thailand to work as a prostitute.
While working as a prostitute, Ms. Sonia said she was always watched and followed by Ms. Notira and the other madams. Ms. Sonia would receive 2,000 baht from her customers for sex, but some or all of that money would be taken by Ms. Notira.
After hearing the victim’s statements, the detective team investigated the madams. They collected evidence to file in the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court for approval of a warrant to arrest all the accused on charges of illegally holding three or more people for the purpose of human trafficking by finding benefit from prostitution.
The police then went to arrest the madams at room 1901 of the Omni Tower Hotel on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 4, Klongtoey.
At the scene, police discovered that Ms. Notira had just procured a Middle East customer to purchase services from the victim. The police also found many other victims, and seized their passports to prevent them from escaping.
After their arrest, the madams denied the charges of prostitution. They told police that they came to Thailand just to travel since July, and they had not deceived the victims as they alleged.
The police took the Uzbekistan victims to Kredtrakarn Home, a shelter for victims of human trafficking. The arrested suspects were sent to the AHTD detective team for further investigation.