BANGKOK – September 16, 20122 [PDN]: The arrest of a Thai woman for sex trafficking overseas was announced at the National Operation Center on Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking by Pol. Col Prasert Pattanadee, vice director of NOCHT; and Pol. Col. Chitpop Tomuen director 1, NOCHT police.
The suspect was identified as Ms. Dutdao Yarana, or Champaign, age 27. She was arrested at Phuket International Airport.
Ms. Dutdao is charged under the power of the criminal court warrant number 1489/2555. The warrant charges her with human trafficking by the combination of three or more people for other people’s sexual gratification, and the combination of engaging to provide, lure or draw other people into prostitution.
Pol. Col. Prasert said the investigation of the trafficking case began on August 15, when a Thai woman deceived into being a prostitute in Bahrain called for help from Bahrain authorities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NOCHT police then co-operated with Bahrain police to help the victim. Further investigation led to the discovery of 11 other enslaved Thai girls living in room number 506 at Fareed 4 Apartments in Manama, Bahrain.
All the women were returned to Thailand. One of the victims then identified the suspects as Ms. Dutdao, and also Ms. Benjawan Promma or Nueng, age 37, who was also charged with sex trafficking under the criminal court warrant number 1488/2555. However, Ms. Benjawan escaped before police could arrest her.
The victims told police that Miss Dutdao and Miss Benjawarn were the ones who controlled them while they were living in the Bahrain apartment, and had seized all their passports. The two suspects then made arrangements with “Mrs. Pat,” a Thai woman married to a Bahrainian man. Mrs. Pat was the one who forced the girls to become prostitutes in many brothels in Bahrain, they said.
The police investigation revealed that the suspects worked as a team to deceive the women in Thailand. They would deceive the victims by offering them highly-paid jobs in foreign countries. They told the victims that after saving money, the girls could then return to Thailand and not have to work anymore.
But once the victim arrived at the foreign country, she would then be forced into prostitution. The victims also would not get paid for their illegal work. The sex traffickers also targeted young females from north or northeast Thailand. The victims would later be forced and threatened, even if they did not consent to be sex workers in Bahrain.
Pol. Col. Prasert continued that the police are expanding the case to other human trafficking groups. There are still many sex traffickers and Thai female victims in Bahrain, as well as other countries, he said.
He warned young Thai women that if they want to work aboard, be sure to check the recruiters thoroughly, and do not be convinced by their claims without proof or verification from trusted people.
Victims who have been deceived can notify NOCHT at the hotline 1191, to have the police follow up to investigate and arrest the criminals.