Sections: Bangkok

Five jailed up to 19 years for forcing Moroccan women into prostitution

PHOTOS: The Nation

“Pearl was accused of being the gang leader as he owns the Dream Disco Pub on the fourth floor of the Zenith Hotel where the four victims were forced into prostitution from October 2016 to March 2017.”

A 46 year old Australian has been sentenced to 19 years imprisonment by the Criminal Court, and a Syrian, two Thais and a Moroccan to 16 years imprisonment, for forcing four Moroccans into prostitution at a Bangkok pub.

The court read its verdict in the human trafficking case against 46 year old Michael Pearl, a Sudanese-born Australian, 37 year old Ghassan Wakej, a Syrian, 63 year old Chalad Narachan, 46 year old Aree Iamsaree and 38 year old Hana Taoyuree (unofficial spelling), a Moroccan, yesterday morning.

They were charged with violating the anti-human trafficking act, prostitution suppression act and the Criminal Code.

Pearl was accused of being the gang leader as he owns the Dream Disco Pub on the fourth floor of the Zenith Hotel where the four victims were forced into prostitution from October 2016 to March 2017.

Taoyuree was charged with luring and smuggling the four fellow Moroccan women into Bangkok via Laos by promising them job as waitresses, but they instead ended up being forced into prostitution. The two Thai men and the Syrian were charged with detaining and assaulting the four victims to force them into prostitution.

After the four victims were rescued, two left the Kingdom to return to Morocco, while the two others remained as state witnesses. The five defendants were released on bail by posting a 300,000 baht cash guarantee. They came to hear the verdict on Wednesday morning.

 Zenith Hotel in Sukhumvit, Bangkok

The court ruled that the five lacked strong evidence to dispute the charges against them and relied on their own accounts, while the public prosecutors had strong evidence and accounts from the victims.

The court found each of the five defendants breached two counts of the Criminal Code and were given two years term for each count, or four years. Each of the five defendants were also given six years in prison for breaching each of two counts of the anti-human trafficking act, or 12 years.

Since the Australian owned the pub, he was also convicted of violating the prostitution suppression act by soliciting others for sex services. He was given an additional three years for this conviction. Pearl was given a total of 19 years in jail, while the others got 16 years.

STORY: The Nation

The Thaiger & The Nation

Thailand's fastest growing portal for news and information, in association with The Nation.

Share
Published by
The Thaiger & The Nation

Recent News

11 ตัวจริง เชฟฯ ยูไนเต็ด VS อาร์เซนอล – พร้อมลิงค์ ID Station

11 ตัวจริง เชฟฯ ยูไนเต็ด VS อาร์เซนอล - พร้อมลิงค์ ID Station : พรีเมียร์ลีก อังกฤษ ดูบอลอาร์เซนอล 11 ตัวจริงอาร์เซนอล ลิงค์ดูบอลอาร์เซนอล เชฟฟิลด์ ยูไนเต็ด VS…

3 hours ago

“Tiếng sét trong mưa” tập 43: Thị Bình đối đầu Khải Duy cứu con trai

PHOTO: THVL Phim/Youtube “Tiếng sét trong mưa” đang dần đi đến hồi kết với nhiều tình tiết được đẩy lên…

4 hours ago

Cặp đôi “Giang – Hồ” làm khán giả “Ơn Giời Cậu Đây Rồi” vỗ tay không ngớt

PHOTO: ĐÔNG TÂY PROMOTION OFFICIAL/Youtube Sau một thời gian khá dài, Hồ Quỳnh Hương đã có màn “tái xuất giang…

5 hours ago

Xứng danh đàn em của BTS, TXT hứa hẹn trở lại đầy bùng nổ

PHOTO: ibighit.com "Tân binh khủng long" TXT vừa chính thức trở lại với MV "Run Away" và full album "The…

5 hours ago

Người hâm mộ thích thú trước chia sẻ của Daniel James sau trận hòa Liverpool

PHOTO: Manchester United/Facebook Daniel James giành được rất nhiều tình cảm của người hâm mộ Manchester United khi có hàng…

6 hours ago

Hoàng Thùy Linh chứng tỏ sức hút với 2 album đứng đầu iTunes Việt Nam

PHOTO: Hoàng Thùy Linh/Facebook “Hoàng” - album kỷ niệm 10 năm ra ca hát của Hoàng Thùy Linh cùng CD…

7 hours ago