Police track down suspect in human trafficking case in Narathiwat

Arnas Oo-ma, 29, arrested in Narathiwat yesterday. | Photo courtesy of CSD Police.

Police tracked down a 29 year old suspect in a human trafficking case after he reportedly transferred wages to people who were smuggling Burmese migrants into Thailand. The suspect, identified as Arnas Oo-ma, was tracked down and arrested by the Crime Suppression Police in Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Kolok district, an area in Thailand’s Deep South by the Malaysian border.

Back in September, police arrested a group of suspects in Chumphon on human trafficking charges. Investigating officers say they discovered that the suspects were part of an international crime organisation. Since then, authorities have detained a number of the traffickers for alleged money laundering or financial assistance. Police say that Arnas is connected to the gang, but he says he has no involvement with the human trafficking organisation. Arnas did reportedly acknowledge transferring money to the suspects.

He said he was paid 1,200 baht by a Thai agent based in Malaysia to transfer 40,000 baht to the accused. He stated that he had no idea the money had anything to do with human trafficking. The police, on the other hand, did not believe him and took him to Ban Map Ammarit Police Station so that legal action could be taken against him.

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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