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Pavena raid fails to free sex slaves

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TUB LAMU: Politician Pavena Hongsakul, champion of abused women in Thailand, yesterday accompanied police on a raid on a brothel in this Phang Nga village in a bid to free women believed to have been forced into prostitution. But she and the police came away empty-handed, the owner of the brothel having apparently been tipped off minutes before they arrived. The raid was the third on the brothel, the Cateye Karaoke at 11/19 Moo 5, Tambon Lamkaen, Thai Muang District, and the second time K. Pavena has accompanied the police. K. Pavena, a former Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of the Pavena Foundation for Children & Women, joined a raid at the end of last year, during which a couple of women were released. A week ago, a second raid at her instigation also freed two women. The women said that they had been beaten to force them to service as many as seven customers a night. “The police didn’t arrest the owners [in the raid last week],” K. Pavena said, “because, they said, the owners had run away.” But, she claimed, her sources had informed her that the owners were still in their home, close to the Cateye. “I came here today because I want to rescue other prostitutes and take drastic action against the owners. The police have been here two times already, but the place was closed for only five days and then opened again,” K. Pavena told the Gazette. In yesterday’s raid, Pavena arrived just too late. The Cateye was closed and locked. After officers forced their way in, they found one room with four drinking tables and eight small cubicles for sex, which appeared to have been used very recently. K. Pavena and the police then checked the nearby home of the owner, which they also found padlocked and abandoned. Inside, the air-conditioning and fans were still turned on, and rice was cooking in an electric pot. The ID cards of 10 women, most from Isarn, were found in a wardrobe, along with paperwork showing the income from each woman’s “service fee”. Some 30 bikinis were discovered under a bed. A plastic jar smelling of marijuana was also found. Also discovered was the house registration paper, bearing the names of Manoon Thongwanich, 48, and his wife Pranee, 42. The couple were identified as the people running the brothel by two of the women rescued earlier. The village head, Thawee Paeyai, told K. Pavena that he had seen Manoon drive away in a red BMW with his family and some of the girls only minutes before the raid started. “I think [Manoon] must have good sources who told him we were coming, though only just in time,” K. Paveena said. “I am coordinating with the Governor of Phang Nga, the police here and the Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police to follow up on this case and arrest them.”



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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

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68 Ridley’s sea turtles hatched on Phang Nga beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand

68 Ridley’s baby sea turtles have hatched on Tha Sai Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga and made their way to the sea last night.

Ridley’s sea turtles, a protected species in Thailand, have returned recently to Phang Nga beaches to breed over the past few months following a 23 year absence.

Read more about the return of the Ridley’s turtles HERE.

Last night 68 baby Ridley’s sea turtles, from 81 eggs survived, hatched and headed straight for the Andaman Sea. Two of them didn’t hatch and 11 eggs weren’t fertilised.

Bon voyage little turtles!

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Motorbike driver dies, another person injured after car driver slams into them

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A female motorbike driver has died while a male car driver has sustained injuries after a second car driver fell asleep at the wheel in Thalang crashing into them.

The incident happened on Srisoonthorn Road in Thalang at 2pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a damaged motorbike and two damaged cars.

Police report that the car driver, Dechawat Taechanitisawat, fell asleep at the wheel. He lost control of his vehicle before colliding with the motorbike whose driver was 34 year old Ms Tanakorn Chadaphon and another car driven by 39 year old Pradit Ruecha.

They were both rushed to Thalang Hospital where Ms Tanakorn was later pronounced dead.

Police are continuing their investigation and will charge Dechawat Taechanitisawat.

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