Cambodian transgender woman arrested for human trafficking in Sa Kaeo

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Police in the eastern Sa Kaeo province, near the Cambodian border, have arrested a Cambodian transgender woman and charged her with procuring girls under 18 and arranging “swinging” parties for customers via Twitter. Officials from the Provincial Administration’s law enforcement operations centre made the arrest during a raid on a room at a resort in the province’s city district last night.

They were acting on a tip from an anti-human trafficking organisation that a Cambodian national was procuring underaged girls to provide sexual services for clients in Sa Kaeo and elsewhere using a Twitter account. The centre monitored the account and learned it was used by “Wan Jo”, a Cambodian transgender woman, to offer sex services. Girls were being offered for services in Sa Kaeo, Prachin Buri and Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The network was very active.

A spy from the centre posed as a customer and contacted Wan Jo, who sent photos of young girls and informed him there would be a “swinging party” on the night of August 13 at Le Min Resort in the Tha Kasem area of Sa Kaeo.

The centre said on its Facebook page today that the agent “agreed” to buy the service and join the party. Officers then waited until evening and raided the resort. 3 Thai girls under 18 were escorted from the premises and the 29 year old Cambodian pimp was arrested.

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The suspect is charged with human trafficking, procuring girls under 18 for the flesh trade, and entering indecent data into a computer system.

The director of the centre says human trafficking is a serious criminal offence and asked people to act as “eyes and ears” and if they have information to inform officials via the Interior Ministry’s Damrongtham centres across the country.

A video of the raid on the Le Min Resort in Tha Kasem area of Sa Kaeo on Thursday night. Officials arrested a Cambodian transgender woman acting as a sex procurer.

(video: Department of Provincial Administration’s law enforcement operations centre Facebook page)

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