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Thai brothers charged with trafficking Thai women to Brunei for prostitution

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3 people, including 2 brothers, have been arrested on charges of sex trafficking, accused of sending women to Brunei for prostitution purposes. Brothers Somchai Sukson, 55 years of age, and 49 year old Rachen Suksorn, were detained under an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court, charged with a sex trafficking operation involving over 3 people. Following the arrest of the first suspect, the Pattaya News reports that Somchai was arrested in the northern province of Chiang Rai, with his brother taken into custody in the neighbouring province of Nan. They are charged with sending Thai women to Brunei for the purpose of prostitution, conning the women with promises of well-paid masseuse work.

The allegations against the traffickers came to light when a couple of their alleged victims reported to the Thai Embassy in Brunei to file a complaint. The women say the men lured them to Brunei with promises of masseuse work, saying they could earn between 100,000 – 200,000 bath per month, as well as being provided with free food and accommodation.

However, the victims say once they arrived in the independent sultanate on the island of Borneo, they were forced to work as prostitutes and the salary and living conditions were not as described. The women say they were not allowed to return to Thailand and were forced to work in unhealthy conditions, until they managed to notify the Thai Embassy of their plight. The embassy subsequently coordinated with police in Thailand to arrest the first suspect, who is now being held in Klong Prem prison in Bangkok. The 2 brothers were arrested shortly after. All 3 deny the charges against them.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Zach Mancini

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:35 am

    too familiar a story unfortunately

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    According to reports in Brunei, this dates back to March last year when two Thai women were arrested and jailed (in Brunei) for prostitution, and one arrested in Thailand for human trafficking (to Brunei).

    Soon after the two Thai women were arrested and jailed in Brunei, two other Thai women (apparently the same two “alleged victims” reported here) went to the Thai Embassy in Brunei to claim that they had been tricked into going to Brunei, being told “they could earn between 100,000 – 200,000 bath per month [as masseuses], as well as being provided with free food and accommodation”, etc.

    Draw your own conclusions, depending on how much you believe that anyone would be gullible enough to think they could earn 200,000 baht per month as an untrained and unqualified masseuse with free flights, free job placement, and free food and accommodation and how cynical you are.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    This happens all the time.
    The women who know what they signed up for are caught, or about to be caught, and they immediately scream: I was trafficked.
    It’s a get out of jail free card.

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    Ben

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9:24 am

    100,000 to 200,000 per month for massage work? Likely these women voluntarily went there to make a lot of money plying the world’s oldest profession. They agree to pay a set amount back to the traffickers in exchange for flights, accommodation and client scheduling. After they get there they don’t want to pay that amount back and fight with the traffickers. If they can’t resolve it then they go to the authorities.

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    Alan

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Who broke the law, the men or the women? selling your body is one thing, selling someone else’s body is another. The three above comments blame the women. That has more to say about the commentators than the women or the crime. Got a problem with women have you? Is it related to your miserable character, or is it about girls just want to have fun.?

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