human trafficking

  • Phuket News

    Phuket cracks down on illegal operations in Chinese restaurants

    The bustling tourist hub of Phuket, in Thailand, was recently the scene of an extensive inspection operation. A composite task force composed of representatives from 15 different government entities descended upon six Chinese eateries located in the Naka Market area of Wichit. Alarmingly, three instances of law infringement were uncovered in the process, including one restaurant that was found to…

  • Thailand News

    DSI officials prosecuted for alleged corruption

    Former Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin, alongside three confidants, launched a lawsuit against top officials of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). The former DSI director-general, the acting DSI director-general, and the director of the Human Trafficking Cases Division were accused of being involved in a corrupt scheme. Suchart, flanked by his associates, addressed the media with a bombshell revelation. According…

  • Thailand News

    Bangkok cops swoop to arrest notorious Sex Creator in human trafficking operation

    Amid a crackdown on child exploitation, a special operation by the Department of Administrative Services, and Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, successfully targeted four locations in Bangkok and Pathum Thani, arresting a notorious human trafficking operation known as “Sex Creator.” The group is accused of exploiting a 16 year old girl by filming explicit content for sale on global online platforms,…

  • Thailand News

    Former labour minister seeks legal advice over alleged Thailand-Finland trafficking scandal

    Former Labour Minister of Thailand Suchart Chomklin is seeking legal advice following allegations of involvement in a human trafficking and bribery scandal. The case in question pertains to the deployment of Thai workers to Finland for berry picking. Suchart vehemently denied receiving payments or engaging in any human trafficking activities related to this employment scheme. An ongoing investigation into the case…

  • Thailand News

    Human trafficking ring busted: Underage girls lured to sell virginity to Chinese investors for 200,000 baht

    An investigation led by the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) led to the arrest of seven individuals allegedly involved in a human trafficking ring today. The accused were reportedly enticing underage girls from Mae Hong Son province to sell their virginity to Chinese investors in Bangkok for a fee of 200,000 baht (US$ 5,733). If the girls were found to be…

  • Thailand News

    Thai man arrested for smuggling 15 Bangladeshi nationals

    The Songkhla Provincial Immigration Police arrested a Thai man for smuggling 15 Bangladeshi people into the country in exchange for a transport fee of 2,000 baht each. Immigration police received a tip-off that a Thai driver was using the Asian Highway in the Rattanaphum district in the southern province of Songkhla to transport Bangladeshi workers to a construction site in…

  • Phuket News

    Illegal labour crackdown in Phuket ensnares 30 Chinese men

    Yesterday in Tambon Thepkrasattri, an enclave in Phuket, Thailand, police apprehended 30 Chinese men on charges of illegal labour. The detained, aged between 24 and 59 years old, were caught in the act, with 12 of them arrested at a construction site in Baan Pa Khlok Cheep, and the remaining 18 along Wong Chalerm Village Road. Now, further investigations are…

  • Thailand News

    Thai nationals to return from Myanmar amidst military-insurgent clashes

    The return of 41 Thai nationals, marooned amidst skirmishes between Myanmar military and ethnic insurgent factions in Laukkai, a border town between China and Myanmar, is set to happen today, as stated by the prime minister. These individuals are part of a larger group of 164 Thai nationals, who were rescued by Myanmar officials from illegal employment or human trafficking…

  • Thailand News

    Major roles for crime suppression in Thailand delegated by police chief in a reshuffle of positions

    The Thai National Police Chief today issued an order to delegate responsibilities to 11 special crime suppression centres. The order, number 600/2023, dated October 28, assigned Roy Ingkaphairoj, the Deputy National Police Chief, as the head of the Anti-Money Laundering Centre of the National Police Office. Under Roy’s supervision, Ittipon Atchariyapradit, the Assistant National Police Chief, will serve as the…

  • Thailand News

    Bangkok spa raid: Human trafficking ring targets minors

    The Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) led a raid on a spa in Lat Phrao district, Bangkok, which was alleged to be a front for a human trafficking operation. The raid resulted in the arrest of three men, 43 year old Sakdakij (no surname provided), 26 year old Anucha (no surname) and 30 year old Kamsawat (no surname), who were reportedly…

  • Thailand News

    Myanmar human trafficking ring: 153 Thais rescued thanks to Thailand Foreign Ministry

    A human trafficking ring in the northern Shan State of Myanmar ensnared 219 Thai nationals, but thanks to the efforts of the Foreign Ministry, 153 have been rescued. Kanchana Patarachoke, the ministry’s spokeswoman, shared that these individuals had been deceived with promises of work in Laukkaing, only to be assaulted by their employers. The Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon has…

  • Thailand News

    Thai karaoke shop owner arrested in anti-human trafficking operation

    Tuesday, October 24 marked an important day for the fight against human trafficking in Nakhon Si Thammarat, as officials from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) and allied agencies undertook a significant operation. The focus of their action was a karaoke store located in Thung Song, a town in the province, which was under suspicion for illicit activities. The law…

  • Thailand News

    Couple arrested for operating illegal karaoke bar and prostitution in northern Thailand

    Officers from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested a couple for running an illegal karaoke bar and human trafficking in the Isaan province of Loei and rescued three young Lao women from prostitution. The CIB received a tip-off that a Thai couple had turned their restaurant in the Loei province into an illegal karaoke bar, offering sex services to customers.…

  • Crime News

    Temple tears: Police bust child-begging gang, investigate trafficking ties in Thailand

    A sweep operation led by the Satthahip police force has resulted in the apprehension of an alleged gang exploiting children for begging activities during a temple event. The police are investigating potential human trafficking links, focusing on the relationship between the adults claiming to be parents and the children involved. At 10.30pm yesterday, Panya Damlek, the head of Satthahip Police…

  • Thailand News

    Thai and Hong Kong police unite to dismantle human trafficking

    The Thai Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) is intensifying its efforts to dismantle international human trafficking rings, particularly those involving Thai women being forced into prostitution in Hong Kong. The mission to reinforce collaborative measures with Hong Kong law enforcement was led by the ATPD’s deputy, Marut Kanchanakanthakul, who travelled to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for an anti-human…

  • Crime News

    Thailand’s DoPA cracks down on ‘influential figures’ in nationwide crime hunt

    The Department of Provincial Administration (DoPA) in Thailand is vigorously working to identify individuals linked to criminal activities across the nation, revealed Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaiset. These individuals, referred to as “influential figures,” are purportedly involved in 16 distinct criminal offences. These include predatory lending, bid collusion, bribery from public transport vehicles, smuggling of untaxed goods, both online and…

  • Thailand News

    Govt criticised after Miss Universe Singapore sets to combat human trafficking in Thailand

    Thai netizens criticised the Thai government after the newly crowned Miss Universe Singapore expressed her commitment to combatting human trafficking in Thailand. Priyanka Annuncia, who was crowned 2023 Miss Universe Singapore during the final competition at the Amber Lounge at Millenia Walk last Saturday, September 16, announced her promise to combat human trafficking in Thailand after the prestigious ceremony. With…

  • Crime News

    Four arrested in Thailand for child sex trafficking operation

    Four individuals implicated in child sex trafficking have been apprehended in Bangkok and Samut Prakan, according to a police announcement today. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) of the police force detained the two suspects. Criminal Court arrest warrants had been issued for the pair on September 6. The suspects, 40 year old Noppadol Chanthong and 51 year old Khachaporn…

  • World News

    Human trafficking victim rescued from Myanmar ring by Thai officials

    Chiang Rai officials have successfully executed a rescue operation, saving a 29 year old Udon Thani woman, known as Nam, from a human trafficking ring in Myanmar. It was revealed that she had been coerced into providing sexual services to call centre employees in the Shan state by Chinese perpetrators. The incident was initially flagged by a citizen journalist from…

  • Crime News

    Thai police bust child prostitution ring operating via Twitter in eastern Thailand

    The Royal Thai Police apprehended five individuals, including three women aged 20, 28, and 19, allegedly involved in human trafficking and child prostitution. in eastern Thailand. The suspects were reportedly using a Twitter account to lure underage girls into the sex trade in Rayong province. The police acted on this information and successfully staged a sting operation, rescuing a 15…

  • Thailand News

    Human trafficking: Thai “masseuses” escaped from Maldives

    A woman was arrested at Don Mueang airport on charges of human trafficking and exploiting two Thai women by promising them high-paying massage jobs in the Maldives. The women, however, were forced into prostitution upon arrival. The arrest took place yesterday, followed by a complaint by the victims who managed to escape and seek help from the Thai embassy in…

  • World News

    International motorcycle gang and Indonesian drug syndicate nabbed in Thailand crackdown

    An international motorcycle gang and a major Indonesian drug gang, both of whom had fled to Thailand, have been apprehended in a sweeping operation by the Thai Immigration Bureau (IB). The series of arrests also included the capture of a notorious human trafficking network operating in the Sa Kaeo province. The Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, Police Lieutenant…

  • Crime News

    Human trafficking: Kantharalak karaoke club raided following charges of child prostitution

    At 10.10pm yesterday, an infamous karaoke club, located in the Nong Ya Lad district of Kantharalak, Sisaket was raided by Siriwit Chan Techasitkul, the head of Human Trafficking Case Management at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), joined by Surachai Tumwong, protector of Srisaket Province, Narin Bupta, station chief of Kantharalak police station, and social and human security development officials of…

  • World News

    Indian couple sells baby for iPhone 14

    In late July, Indian media reported a shocking incident involving an eight-month-old baby who was sold by his parents to fund the purchase of an iPhone 14. The focal point of the case became the couple’s obsession with the high-end smartphone, resulting in the appalling decision to sell their infant son to meet the purchase price. Jadef and Stee, husband…

  • Crime News

    Thai women cautioned over marriage scams with Chinese nationals

    Police cautioned Thai women considering marriage to Chinese nationals against possible legal infringements in both Thailand and China. According to a report on Monday, the alert followed revelations by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) that a case involving a Thai woman from Udon Thani, subjected to marriage scams, and three years of abuse in China, did not constitute human…

  • Thailand News

    Steamed and seized: Bangkok sauna raid busts suspected sex and trafficking ring

    Police raided a sauna and fitness spa in the Thon Buri district of Bangkok and apprehended 36 people suspected of engaging in illegal sexual activities and human trafficking. It was later concluded no money for sex passed hands and there was no evidence of human trafficking. Officers from the Children and Women Protection Sub-Division raided Phoenix Sauna on the Ratchada-Tha Phra…

  • Crime News

    Chiang Rai crackdown reveals human trafficking and drug abuse in lounges

    An operation by the Department of Provincial Administration led to a crackdown on two infamous lounges in the heart of Chiang Rai‘s Mae Sai district believed to be involved in human trafficking, drug dealing, and exploitation of underage workers. This was following a tip-off by international human rights organisations. Officers discovered nine individuals who tested positive for drugs and apprehended underage…

  • Crime News

    Thai Karaoke bar owner arrested for trafficking and exploitation of minors

    The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) recently made a successful raid, apprehending a Thai karaoke bar owner for allegedly exploiting and trafficking girls under 18 years old in the Nakhon Ratchasima province. The operation took place on June 20, following a tip-off about illicit activities at a karaoke bar in the Chok Chai area. The 48 year old bar owner, Sreelamul,…

  • World News

    Illegal gambling activity leads to forced power cut in Shwe Kokko

    Those living in Thailand, depending on the town and province, may be well accustomed to power outages for various reasons. With older-style power grids and connections, some areas buckle under a load of increased usage or simply have failures more often due to older, failing infrastructure. But the news of power cuts in Skwe Kokko is different, and for people…

  • Thailand News

    Myanmar gang caught providing illegal labour in Samut Prakan

    Police in Samut Prakan province swooped on a Myanmar human trafficking gang involved in illegally providing undocumented workers. Officers arrested two gang members and 13 other Myanmar nationals, who were found inside two taxis. Security officers in Samut Prakan province recently arrested Mr Jo and Mr Bung, both from Myanmar, along with 13 other Myanmar nationals who were found in…

  • Crime News

    Chiang Mai human trafficking gang busted, 3 underage victims rescued

    Thailand’s plague of human trafficking has once again reared its ugly head. Thai authorities have arrested members of a human trafficking gang operating in Chiang Mai. The arrests followed tip-offs from organisations fighting human trafficking, such as Destiny Rescue and the Immanuel Foundation. Officials discovered that My Tirak Bar and My Tirak Pub were offering sexual services, involving minors, to…

  • Thailand News

    140 Thai women lured into prostitution in Myanmar

    The Pavena Hongsakul Foundation for Children and Women revealed that the foundation is working to rescue 140 Thai women lured into prostitution in the Shan state of Myanmar. Some of the victims were forced to take drugs. Several Thai people employed in the Shan state urged the foundation and relevant Thai authorities to intervene and rescue these women. Some employees…

  • Thailand News

    Thai police and Interpol unite to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) is set to collaborate with Interpol in establishing a coordinating centre to combat human trafficking gangs operating in Southeast Asia. A meeting between Thai police officials and the FBI took place at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore to discuss human trafficking prevention strategies. The centre aims to tackle online crimes involving the…

  • Crime News

    French suspect arrested for theft, and Burmese suspect for human trafficking in Phetchaburi

    In two separate incidents in Thailand’s central Phetchaburi province, police apprehended a French suspect for alleged theft, and a Burmese suspect for alleged human trafficking. Both arrests took place yesterday. Phetchaburi Police arrested Patrick, a French suspect, at his residence in Phetchaburi on suspicion of theft against a Belgian man named Laffel C. Patrick allegedly stole Laffel’s backpack, which contained…

  • Thailand News

    Malaysian gang conflict leads to double murder in Bangkok

    Eight Burmese nationals allegedly murdered two Thai men at a house near Bangkok due to a conflict within a human trafficking gang led by Malaysian men. The murderers reportedly fled Thailand following the incident. The Superintendent of the Bang Kaew Police Station, Mongkon Onkaew, told ThaiRath that officers received a complaint from a Thai woman, 23 year old Wanutpreeya Patrhumthong,…

  • Thailand News

    Thai woman arrested for surrogacy fraud, identity theft, and human trafficking (video)

    Police arrested a Thai woman for her involvement in illegal surrogacy, identity theft, and colluding with Chinese citizens in human trafficking. The Thai woman, Nawaporn Pakiatsakun, who was originally Chinese, married a Thai man to gain Thai citizenship and facilitate her crimes. It was later revealed that several government officials from Thailand were also involved in the corrupt scheme. The…

  • World News

    Missing Taiwanese student allegedly smuggled into Myanmar from Thailand

    A female Taiwanese university student who went missing on March 29 is believed to be in Yangon, Myanmar, after flying to Bangkok, according to police in Taiwan. Police believe she fell victim to a human trafficking gang. There is no record of her leaving Thailand. The 20 year old student of Providence University, surnamed Lin, arrived in Yangon on March…