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Two held after Bahrain raid
« on: January 12, 2010, 08:57:18 AM »

Two held after Bahrain raid

Police have arrested two people suspected of being involved in human trafficking and the flesh trade in Bahrain.

Police from the human trafficking suppression division arrested Chaithawat Khamwong, 50, and Korbkul Sylvester Jan Lock, 30, on Saturday at Suvarnabhumi airport as they returned to Thailand.

Division deputy chief Pol Col Suwitpol Imjairat said the arrests followed complaints from two women from  Nakhon Ratchasima that they had been lured into prostitution in Bahrain.Nakhon Ratchasima

The two women, both 30, whose names were withheld, told police their friends persuaded them on Nov 10 last year to work as masseuses at a spa in Bahrain. They were promised they would earn between 100,000 and 200,000 baht a week.

Pol Col Suwitpol said the women decided to travel to Bahrain, where they were met at the airport on Dec 16 by Mr Chaithawat and a man named Ali who took them to a hotel and allegedly forced them into prostitution.

The women were sold two days later to a mamasan called Porn and forced to serve customers, the police officer said.

Pol Col Suwitpol said Mrs Korbkul was responsible for keeping all the "service fees" paid by the customers and for sending the money to the mamasan.

Bahrain police freed the two women on Dec 29 and sent them back to Thailand.

Mr Chaithawat denied the allegations saying Mrs Korbkul only asked him to take the two women to the hotel.

He insisted he was not involved in forcing the two women into prostitution.

Social Development and Welfare Department deputy director-general, Yanee Lertkrai, yesterday said 60 Thai victims of human trafficking gangs had been sent back to Thailand last year.

That was down sharply from 278 women in 2007 and 158 in 2008.

"The countries where they are trafficked the most are Bahrain, Malaysia, Japan, South Africa and Libya," she said.

Bangkok Post